According to the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) some of the mesmerizing spinning toys sold at Target may contain unsafe levels of lead. As of Wednesday, the fidget spinners were still being sold online, and the retailer had not made any indication it would pull the item from stores. Federal laws limit lead in "children's products" to 100 parts per million. The center circle in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal contained 1,000 parts per million of lead, according to MASSPIRG.
"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
Fidget spinners, the multi-pronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year some schools banned them as a distraction, have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus. The brass spinners are labeled as appropriate for ages 14 and up, but the manufacturer's note on the Target website and the company's website reads ages 6 and up. "They are not defined by the CPSC as toys". Henderson noted that their product safety team reviewed the findings and determined that the products were safe to stay on the shelves. "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".
Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development.
U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description. "The buck has to stop with someone". Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".