Fidget spinners pulled from Target after concerns over high lead counts

Fidget spinners pulled from Target after concerns over high lead counts

Fidget spinners pulled from Target after concerns over high lead counts

Fidget spinners are one of the hottest new trends of the year, but ahead of the holiday shopping season, a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, says testing found unsafe levels of lead in some.

The report released Thursday by public advocacy group U.S. PIRG found Fidget Wild Premium spinners - in both brass and metal - contained lead levels ranging from 520 parts per million (ppm) to 33,000 ppm. The brass spinner in question tested at more than 300 times acceptable lead levels for children's products.

Another model by the same company tested at 1,300 parts per million. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements. "Additionally, we're working closely with our vendors to ensure all of the fidget spinners carried at Target meet the CPSC's guidelines for children's products".

MASSPIRG said they alerted the toy's distributor, Bulls i Toy, and Target to the findings, but they "refused to address the problem". It added, in a statement, the CPSC and the toys' supplier Bulls i Toy should recall the products.

Two of those came back with high levels of lead.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys. But, after the company reviewed the products, it chose to pull them anyway.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.

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But PIRG says Target often markets these fidget spinners to kids by placing them in aisles alongside toys, and has scoffed at the notion that kids won't use a particular fidget spinner just because the packaging said 14-plus.

Bulls i Toy did not immediately return USA TODAY's request for comment.

The fidget spinners were not available on Target's website as of Sunday.

"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.

Interim CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle also warned that light-up spinners contain lithium coin batteries that can cause severe internal burns, if swallowed, and have been the source of fire warnings.

The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday.

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