Target selling fidget spinners with potentially unsafe levels of lead

Target selling fidget spinners with potentially unsafe levels of lead

According to a consumer advocacy group, two fidget spinners supplied to Target by Iowa-based Bulls-i-Toy contain lead at up to 330 times the federal legal limit for toys.

That caught the eye of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which tested 12 brands of fidget spinners found on the toy shelves of Target stores nationwide. In fact, one of the fidget spinners was found to contain 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children's toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.

Bad timing for Target just before the holiday season, as it faces a major problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply.

Henderson said the two fidget spinners referred to in the lab tests contained clear marking on their packaging saying they were appropriate for customers over the age of 14.

In a prepared statement, Target Spokesman Lee Henderson told CBS News those particular models were not intended to be used by children under 14, which means certain lead restrictions don't apply.

CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels.




The CPSC has specific guidance in place for manufacturers of fidget spinners, which are carried at a variety of retailers. 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.

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). "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

According to Kara Cook-Shultz, the toxics director at US PIRG, it doesn't matter how the CPSC classifies these spinners - they're still being marketed as toys for kids.

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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