Target (TGT) has stopped selling fidget spinners containing dangerously high levels of lead over its website and was pulling them from store shelves Friday, a day after a consumer group's critical report generated media headlines across the country.
The two fidget spinners containing the lead are, "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal". One of the two models was found to have 330 times the amount of lead allowed in children's products.
Tamara Rubin, the Portland mother-of-four behind the popular Facebook group "Lead Safe Mama", said she tested her kids' fidget spinners with an X-ray spectrometer.
U.S. PIRG Education Fund says it alerted the retailer and the distributor of the product, Bulls I Toy, to its findings. They should also be watching out for any recall notices about the spinners. "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".
A toy that spun out of control in popularity is now being called into question for its potential lead levels. Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe.
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Another model by the same company tested at 1,300 parts per million. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".
Target, which had been provided with the US PIRG test results prior to the announcement, originally vowed to continue selling the spinners, saying that they met all US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines because they were classified as "general use products" rather than toys.
Dr. Alan Woolf, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School and a member of the AAP's committee on environmental health, told ABC News the test results were concerning, especially because the spinners are attractive to young children.
While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.
"I don't know what they are if they are not toys", Woolf said.