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Consumer Group Calls for Target Toy Recall

10 November 2017, 12:39 | Jan Cross

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels Tamara Rubin

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

The US Public Interest Research Group has found that certain fidget spinners being sold at Target contain high levels of lead.

The center circle tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The center of the metal version of the same spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

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).

"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Henderson said.

The legal limit for lead is 100 parts per million.

CBS News has the full report.

The watchdog group US PIRG argues that the potentially toxic spinners are sold alongside toys for children age 6 and up.

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Fidget spinners have been marketed as a therapeutic tool to help stop "fidgeting" and maintain focus; they have even been banned in some schools because they have become a distraction in classrooms.

Currently, the toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website. "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you".

Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+". 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. "All of our product (s) are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

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

Target has failed to comment about why they would sell a product that could be risky for children or adults.

Target did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment, but the company made a similar statement to the one Bulls-I-Toy gave to U.S. PIRG when contacted about the study.



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