Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, reports say

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have risky, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit.

When USPIRG notified Target about the lead levels it detected, the retailer said it wouldn't take the spinners off the shelves.

"The toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website", the organization said.

Awful timing for Target just before the holiday season, as it faces a major problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply.

Lab tests also revealed that the center of the metal version of the same spinner contained 1,300 ppm of lead.

The legal limit for lead is 100 parts per million.

The consumer group called this an "absurd and unsafe conclusion".

Target said the spinners are recommended for consumers over the age of 14, so the federal lead restrictions don't apply to the toys.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post.

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). Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up".

"If a fidget spinner is marketed and is primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger, companies must certify that their product meets toy safety and other standards, including limits for phthalates, lead content, and lead in paint, if applicable, and the U.S Toy Standard, ASTM F963-16", CPSC acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said in an August 10, 2017 statement on fidget spinners.

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

A statement from a senior communications manager for Target, Jenna Reck, said this, "Target is committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention". It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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