Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Lead concerns prompt Target to pull some some fidget spinners from shelves

Lead concerns prompt Target to pull some some fidget spinners from shelves

Consumer Advocacy group, The U.S. Public Interest Research Groups, claims Target is selling two types of spinners that have 330 times the acceptable amount of lead for young children.

Target has announced that it's pulling two styles of spinners, which were sold under the brands "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass" and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", after a report released Thursday found that the products contained risky levels of lead.

The spinners in questions include the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass" and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

Target, which had been provided with the US PIRG test results prior to the announcement, originally vowed to continue selling the spinners, saying that they met all U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines because they were classified as "general use products" rather than toys.

While the packaging is clearly marked for "customers ages 14 and older", until Thursday the description on Target's website said the Fidget Wild spinner was for children "6 years and up", confirmed Jenna Reck, a spokesperson for the company.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", Cummings added. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

USA Today said the company could not provide an estimate on how numerous popular fidget spinner toys it will have to remove from stores.

A toy that spun out of control in popularity is now being called into question for its potential lead levels.

"They should take these toys off the shelves", said Kara Cook Schultz, U.S. PIRG's toxics program director.

Both of these fidget spinners, according to the research group, are available at Target.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported.

Many light-up fidget spinners also contain lithium batteries that can cause severe internal burns if swallowed.

Despite the CPSC's "general use" classification for many fidget spinners, the agency has issued choking warnings about the products - a warning generally not necessary for adults, who are less likely to eat their toys.

In September, WITI sent fidget spinners from Amazon, Walmart and Target to a lab for testing.

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