Target Refuses To Pull Fidget Spinners With High Lead Levels

10 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • One of the fidget spinners contained more than 300 times the legal amount of lead allowed in children's toys. The sellers maintain the item is not for kids

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

Currently, the toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website. New research shows they can also be unsafe.

Bulls-i-Toy, based in Iowa, supplies Target with the fidget spinners. The lead level in another model, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal, tested at 1,300 parts per million. The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions.

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.

But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be unsafe. But Target doesn't appear to be backing down, not even to claims that they should move the fidget spinners to another section of the store.

In an email to the researchers, Target's vice president of corporate responsibility said that the fidget spinners did not need to meet federal lead limits because they were not marketed as children's toys. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards".

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According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, lead's toxicity resulted in its ban in household paints and products marketed to children in 1978. "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up".

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

CoPIRGreport that when Target and the toy's distributor, Bulls i Toy, were alerted to the findings, they refused to address the problem.

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

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products, '" Target said in a statement. It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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