Target 2 Consumer Alert: Some fidget spinners may contain lead

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Retail stores and even gas stations across the country sell what's known as fidget spinners. The toy recently became a craze with kids and young adults but they're drawing concern after some were found with lead in them. The toy is promoted as helping people focus or relieve nervous energy.

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The brass and metal versions of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner tested to contain more than the federal legal limit of lead.

“Toys are the most heavily regulated product in the United States, there are strict regulations for lead, thiolates, and others that we enforce on a regular basis,” said Patty Davis, Consumer Product Commission Spokesperson.

Experts say be cautious of spinners made internationally.

“Things that you need to look for is toys manufactured outside of the U.S, it has not been banned to use lead in paint, in the U.S it's banned, so if you're looking at things like fidget spinners, look at where they were manufactured, where they originated, because that can make a difference whether or not there's lead in the paint,” said Kimberly Hess, Executive Director for Center for Childhood Safety in Green Bay.

Although the legal lead limit is a trace in the U.S, the American Academy of Pediatrics says there are no safe levels of lead in children; it can lead to cognitive and behavioral issues.

“There have been choking incidents with kids up to age 14 that have been reported some of the fidget spinner light-up fidget spinners also can come with button or lithium coin cell batteries and ingestion of those batteries can lead to severe burns in the esophagus,” said Davis.

Just like any toy, make sure you check the age grade and if you are worried about a specific fidget spinner for your child, the CPCS recommends you just don't buy it.