Target selling fidget spinners with potentially unsafe levels of lead

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

However and since the CPSC's lead-restriction guidelines differ between items marketed to adults and those targeted at children under 12, Target says its in the clear to keep selling these models.

A consumer advocacy group said they found fidget spinners sold at Target contained more than 300 times the lead levels allowed in children's toys. Despite the loopholes, the research group sent their lead finding to Target and the company is still not pulling the spinners from their shelves. "The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys".

The consumer group called this an "absurd and unsafe conclusion". Federal laws limit lead in "children's products" to 100 parts per million.

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.

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But one of the fidget spinners with a risky amount of lead - the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" - is actually labeled for kids almost half that age.

"We advise parents to remove the two fidget spinners that we identified from children's use and join us in calling on Target to immediately recall them".

However, the fidget spinners are sold near children's toys in stores.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email.

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Lead exposure can be extremely harmful for children due to its developmental impacts. "All of our product [s] are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

"The toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website", the organization said. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up". A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

Henderson added that Consumer Product Safety Commission has defined fidget spinners as "general use products", not toys.

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.

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