2 models of fidget spinners recalled due to high levels of lead

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Report shows high levels of lead in certain fidget spinners

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said in a report that Target and Bulls-I-Toys haven't taken any action since and the spinners are still being sold.

One day after a report was released claiming that certain fidget spinners sold at Target contained harmful amounts of lead, the retailer pulled the device from its shelves.

The spinners in question are: "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", which tested at 33,000 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 22,000 parts per million in the arm, and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", which was found to have 1,300 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 520 parts per million in its arm.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Education Fund State Director. The federal requirement for children's toys states that lead content can not exceed 100 ppm. "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". That classification exempts them from toy safety standards.

Target spokesman Lee Henderson said the toys are marked for kids over the age of 14, which means the Consumer Product Safety Commission's lead restrictions do not apply.

PIRG urged customers to not purchase the fidget spinners, which sell for $19,99.

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Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces. Cook-Schulz said it released the report on the lead content of these two spinners early because of public safety concerns.

"The reason that lead is a large concern - especially in children's products - is that when children are exposed to high levels of lead they can experience things like memory loss, learning disabilities", she said. Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy. The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday.

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

U.S. PIRG said when it alerted CPSC about the lead discovery, the agency said the fidget spinners were considered general use products, not toys.

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.

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