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Group Says Fidget Spinners Are Dangerous

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase.

"When children are exposed to high levels of lead, they can experience things like memory loss, learning disabilities", said Kara Cook, toxics program director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass center circle tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The center circle of the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" was tested for 1,300 ppm of lead and the arm tested for 520 ppm of lead.

A Target spokesperson Lee Henderson said that the CPSC also views spinners as "general use products" and not "toys" so that is another loophole.

The legal limit for lead is 100 parts per million. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

When USPIRG notified Target about the lead levels it detected, the retailer said it wouldn't take the spinners off the shelves. But Target doesn't appear to be backing down, not even to claims that they should move the fidget spinners to another section of the store. The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+".

MASSPIRG said that this defies common sense, since millions of children play with fidget spinners, regardless of whether or not they are marketed to them.

Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.

U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.

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