Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Target selling fidget spinners with unsafe levels of lead

Target selling fidget spinners with unsafe levels of lead

Consumer group, PIRG Education Fund, says they found lead in some of the spinners sold at Target, and according to them, Target hasn't addressed it.

Lab results showed that two fidget spinners now sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million.

The group said lab results showed the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass had 33,000 parts per million of lead. 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.

Target responded to the report by claiming the toys are made for children 14 and over, so CPSC lead restrictions for children don't apply.

Due to its harmful effects on child development, federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 ppm of total lead content.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners. A consumer advocacy group found that some models sold at Target contain high levels of lead.

The two companies defended the sale of the fidget spinners by arguing that they are not technically children's products and therefore not subject to legal limits for lead.

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The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+".

"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email. "CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission", Kara Cook-Schultz, the nonprofit's toxics director, said in a statement.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.

Target declined to remove the products.

PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from stores and for a recall to be issued.

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children".

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