Fidget spinners pose danger with high lead levels, consumer group says

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

However, these toys could be on the way out as well.

In response, Target and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the fidget spinners in question were not recommended for kids, according to the Public Interest Research Group.

U.S. PIRG says its research of the popular toys found that two models of spinners sold at Target "contain as much as 300 times the federal legal limit for lead in children's products".

Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 parts per million (ppm). The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass center circle tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls.

The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy.

Shares of Target were last seen down fractionally at $58.17, with a consensus analyst price target of $59.28 and a 52-week range of $48.56 to $79.33.

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"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. That's because the two Fidget Wild Premium Spinner varieties are labeled for those age 14+.

Exposure to high levels of lead has been shown to cause lead poisoning, which can cause organ damage and long-term health problems. "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners.

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.

"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target's Jennifer Silberman wrote to the researchers in an email shared with Business Insider.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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