Target pulls fidget spinners over lead concerns

13 November, 2017, 02:20 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Some fidget spinners sold at Target contain potentially dangerous lead

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a public-interest group alleges that unsafe amounts of lead have been found in fidget spinners sold at Target. The center circle of the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" was tested for 1,300 ppm of lead and the arm tested for 520 ppm of lead. The federal requirement for children's toys states that lead content can not exceed 100 ppm.

The watchdog group is calling on USA government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products. "So, Target needs to immediately stop selling the toys that contain high amounts of lead, and issue a recall for those that they've already sold".

CPSC could hold the products to federal standards for lead if classified as a toy.

Timothy Nolan, president of the company that supplies these fidget spinners, Bulls-I Toy, wrote in response to the report that the fidget spinners in question are "general use products" and therefore "are not in violation of any mandated federal regulations".

Notably, US PIRG continues to test spinners sold at other stores around the country. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to undermine IQ, attentiveness and academic achievement.

In a statement, Henderson said: "The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children".

In a written statement, Target Corp. said the company 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".

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Harold Chizick, spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys of Des Moines, Iowa, the items' distributor, said in a statement: "Safety is one of our top priorities".

Fidget spinners have come under fire since going viral for parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.

Fidget Spinners are the latest craze among kids, but certain ones may expose them to risky amounts of lead.

Fidget spinners are palm-sized toys for adults and kids alike featuring a whirling center.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Education Fund toxics director.

Many light-up fidget spinners also contain lithium batteries that can cause severe internal burns if swallowed.

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