Consumer group says Target selling fidget spinners tainted with lead

Some fidget spinners sold at Target contain potentially dangerous lead

Some fidget spinners sold at Target contain potentially dangerous lead

The spinners are the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass" and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

The report released Thursday by public advocacy group U.S. PIRG found Fidget Wild Premium spinners - in both brass and metal - contained lead levels ranging from 520 parts per million (ppm) to 33,000 ppm.

But PIRG says Target often markets these fidget spinners to kids by placing them in aisles alongside toys, and has scoffed at the notion that kids won't use a particular fidget spinner just because the packaging said 14-plus.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", Cummings added. She tests consumer products that concerned parents send to her, including hundreds of fidget spinners. Target and Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the CPSC's declaration that fidget spinners aren't technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead. "We are delighted to hear that they will also take them off the shelves".

A toy that spun out of control in popularity is now being called into question for its potential lead levels. "The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys". The organization argues that the two fidget spinners are marketed towards children.

Target responded to concerns, saying in a statement that the company is "committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guest and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention". The CPSC has specific guidance in place for manufacturers of fidget spinners, which are carried at a variety of retailers. "The buck has to stop with someone... All of our products are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards". Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys". Target's decision to pull the products completely was made on Friday.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.

Interim CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle also warned that light-up spinners contain lithium coin batteries that can cause severe internal burns, if swallowed, and have been the source of fire warnings.

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