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Target Fidget Spinners Need to Get the Lead Out, PIRG Says

10 November, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Target is hawking fidget spinners that contain unsafe amounts of lead, according to a consumer advocacy group.

According to the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) some of the mesmerizing spinning toys sold at Target may contain risky levels of lead. And the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead. But PIRG reports that Target refused to remove them from its shelves, and that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the distributor of the spinners, Bulls i Toy, say that the spinners are not meant for children.

On its website, the CPSC says "most fidget spinners are general use products unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".

Lead poisoning is most risky for young children. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

The consumer group has called on Target to stop selling the gadgets and recall the models it has sold.

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Bulls-I-Toys, the manufacturer of the fidget spinners in question, said in a letter to US PIRG that "there are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it" because the packaging makes it clear that the item should not be used by children of a certain age. But Target doesn't appear to be backing down, not even to claims that they should move the fidget spinners to another section of the store. A Target representative told The Washington Post the fidget spinners were not marketed to children. On Target's website, the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Bass" is recommended for ages 14 and over, as well as, 6 and over.

Exposure to high levels of lead can cause developmental problems in children, organ damage and other long-term health issues.

In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children".

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