Fidget Spinners are one of the most popular toys of 2017, and some sold at Target could be dangerous. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal were found to contain lead. And not just traces of lead, 330 times the federal limit. 100 parts per million are allowable for children, but the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contained 33,000 parts per million. The highest concentration are in the center circle, which is the most touched part of the toy. Lead poising can occur when lead is absorbed by swallowing or breathing too much of the substance.
The group U.S Public Interest Research group is calling Target to recall and remove the items that contain lead. Exposure to high levels of lead is dangerous. It can cause lead poising, which leads to organ damage, and could cause long term health problems including memory loss and learning disabilities. Lead poisoning in adults can cause damage to the nervous system, as well as stomach and kidney problems. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention make it clear that any amount of lead is unsafe.
While Target insists the toys are recommended for consumers 14 and up, which means the Consumer Product Safety Commission lead restrictions don’t apply, children younger then 14 enjoy the toy. They are often sold in the toy aisles, next to items for children under 14. For now, the items remain in Target stores across the country.
What should parents do about Lead Poisoning?
Adults and children should immediately stop using these two fidget spinners, and should remove any that are in the household. Signs of lead poisoning in children can often go unnoticed; most children will not look or act sick. The only way to know if a child has lead poisoning is to do a blood test, which are available through a doctor or the local health department.
If you or a loved one has developed lead poisoning, you may have legal recourse. Hazardous children’s products can cause debilitating injuries and even death. The attorneys at The Eichholz Law firm offer free case reviews.