Economy

Some fidget spinners contain high levels of lead

CBS News reports that one brand of a toy known as a fidget spinner contains dangerously high levels of lead. The center circle of the brass Fidget Wild Premium Spinner, distributed by Bulls-i-Toy, contains 33,000 ppm of lead, researchers found. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.

In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners. Products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level prohibitions.

"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.

"We reviewed the information that PIRG provided with our product safety team".

It's unclear exactly how numerous affected spinners have been sold. "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".

Kara Cook-Shultz, toxics director at the US Public Interest Research Group, said no matter of how the CPSC may classify the toys, they're marketed as toys for children.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said Dr. Helen Binns, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in the PIRG news release. The Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass is also being sold on Target's website.

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. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys". "And, yes, they are toys". But lead is unsafe for everyone.

In children, lead can lead to hyperactivity, behavior problems, and learning disabilities. In adults, lead poisoning leads to brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, as well as high blood pressure, weakness, muscle problems and headaches, according to WebMD. A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

The products are supplied by Bulls-I-Toys, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Target said, "we follow the guidelines issued by the CPSC".



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