Fidget spinners sold at Target contain extremely high levels of lead

10 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Target website

On Target's website, the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Bass" is recommended for ages 14 and over, as well as, 6 and over.

If you're planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed - the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target. 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.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead - some 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children's toys. Company representatives argue that a fidget spinner is not a toy because such products are not intended for kids 14 and older. "The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys".

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. In a legal sense, lead regulations only refer to toys that are marketed for children 12 and under.

In a statement a spokeswoman from Target said, "Target is committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention".

Fidget spinners, the multi-pronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year some schools banned them as a distraction, have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus. "The buck has to stop with someone".

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This does not bode well for the not-so-rare fidget spinner, which has already been labeled with choking-hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development. Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

U.S. PIRG posted on its website that it had alerted Target and the toy's distributer, Bulls i Toy, but both were not addressing the lead concerns.

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys".

In children, lead can lead to hyperactivity, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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