Fidget spinners sold at Target contain extremely high levels of lead
10 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Terri Saunders
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 Brasstested 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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