Advocacy group: Fidget spinners sold at Target contain high amounts of lead
12 November, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Darrell Lopez
A consumer advocacy group found that some models sold at Target contain high levels of lead.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group studied 12 fidget spinners sold at Target stores and two of them contained high levels of lead, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Metal models made by Bulls-i-Toy. The federal limit for children's products is 100 parts per million for lead.
"The two fidget spinners cited are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", a Target spokesman said in an email.
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. "The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys". That is, "unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".
The CPSC says this particular fidget spinner is not considered a children's toy and is not required to meet the lead standards for children's products.
"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Cook-Shultz said.
U.S. PIRG released their findings to make parents and consumers aware of these lead-laden toys.
If nothing else, these reports should cause grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles - some of whom may be playing with these devices as well - to take extra care while shopping this holiday season, which should be happening anyway, with or without Target's help.
You may want to consider putting the fidget spinner down. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear that any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe and since the effects of lead exposure can not be reversed, it is important to prevent lead exposure to children in the first place.
As of Thursday, the spinners remain on the shelves and available to buy online despite them listing the toy for kids 6 years and up.
Third parties must test those children's products in a CPSC-approved laboratory before selling them. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".
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