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.
A consumer group is warning that two models of fidget spinners being sold at Target contain high levels of lead that may be harmful to children.
The spinners in question are: "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", which tested at 33,000 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 22,000 parts per million in the arm, and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", which was found to have 1,300 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 520 parts per million in its arm.
USA Today said the company could not provide an estimate on how numerous popular fidget spinner toys it will have to remove from stores. They tested 12 fidget spinners found in children's toy aisles in Target stores across the country. The federal requirement for children's toys states that lead content can not exceed 100 ppm. Toys tested for high levels of lead were re-tested to confirm results.
"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", Cummings added.
Target is coming under criticism this morning over some of the fidget spinners it sells.
"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", the spokeswoman said in a statement.
"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.
The manufacturer of the specific model, Bulls-I-Toy, wrote in a statement: "There are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it".
U.S. PIRG argued that though the fidget spinners were marketed for people 14 or older, Target also said on its website that it was available for children 6 or older. "All of our product are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards". Lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development. Paint or surface coatings must not exceed 90 ppm.
Two of those came back with high levels of lead.
U.S. PIRG said in a statement on Saturday that it was "pleased" Target removed the fidget spinners from store shelves. It's also calling on children and adults to stop using the toys. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".
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