Target's Fidget Spinners Could Be Poisoning Kids

The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions.

Currently, the toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website.

MASSPIRG, a consumer advocacy group, alerted Target and Bulls i Toy, the distributor.

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores.

A lab test by the non-profit PIRG Education Fund found that two fidget spinners sold at the retailer far exceeded the legal limit for lead in children's toys. The CPSC's lead maximum is set for kids toys marketed at 12 years or younger, so the spinner is technically legal despite the insane amount of lead within it.

USPIRG said it wasn't aware of any reported cases of lead poisoning that can definitively be traced to fidget spinners, but the Centers for Disease Control says there's no such thing as a safe level of lead.

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The research revealed some of the spinners could contain as much as 300 times the federal limit for lead in children's products. The retailer argued instead that the spinners don't meet the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the definition of a toy, and pointed out that the spinners are clearly marked as being for ages 14 and up.

The group also found 1,300 ppm in the center circle and 520 ppm in the arm of a model called "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

The group is calling on Target to stop selling the items and issue recalls for the ones they've already sold.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post. Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up".

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment. It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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