Lab results showed that two fidget spinners now sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says fidget spinners are a choking hazard in a warning for parents.
The federal legal limit for lead in children's products is 100 parts per million (ppm). And the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.
MASSPIRG said that this defies common sense, since millions of children play with fidget spinners, regardless of whether or not they are marketed to them.
The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy. A consumer advocacy group found that some models sold at Target contain high levels of lead.
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. The CPSC's lead maximum is set for kids toys marketed at 12 years or younger, so the spinner is technically legal despite the insane amount of lead within it. But after some unsafe incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses.
Prolonged lead exposure isn't good for anyone, but it is particularly bad for kids, as it can cause developmental problems, cognitive losses and even death. "All of our product (s) are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards". Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up".
In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.
In an email to the researchers, Target's vice president of corporate responsibility said that the fidget spinners did not need to meet federal lead limits because they were not marketed as children's toys.