Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

On the Target website, however, the product details for the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass reads, "framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool or place to exert excess energy rather than biting your nails or clicking a pen".

PIRG disputed the designation and claimed its representatives found the toxic fidget spinners in toy aisles at Target stores.

Target is hawking fidget spinners that contain unsafe amounts of lead, according to a consumer advocacy group.

The two fidget spinners containing the lead are, "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

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Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products, marketed to those 12 and under, to 100 parts per million (ppm).

MASSPIRG said that this defies common sense, since millions of children play with fidget spinners, regardless of whether or not they are marketed to them.

Kids find fidget spinners fun and somewhat addictive.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", Henderson said. Despite the loopholes, the research group sent their lead finding to Target and the company is still not pulling the spinners from their shelves.

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"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email.

Fidget spinners are still all the rage among the young crowd.

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results. A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls. It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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