Target selling fidget spinners with high levels of lead

Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels. However, these toys could be on the way out as well.

Some fidget spinners sold at Target may contain risky levels of lead, according to a new study from a consumer protection group. According to a consumer advocacy group, two fidget spinners supplied to Target by Iowa-based Bulls-i-Toy contain lead at up to 330 times the federal legal limit for toys.

Target's website said initially that the specific spinner wasn't available in stores within 100 miles of Cleveland, but Cleveland 19 checked that and went to two stores - not finding one at the first, but finding the spinner in question at the second store. However and since the CPSC's lead-restriction guidelines differ between items marketed to adults and those targeted at children under 12, Target says its in the clear to keep selling these models. Young kids are also more likely to put products that contain high amounts of lead in their mouths and near their noses.

Henderson said the two fidget spinners referred to in the lab tests contained clear marking on their packaging saying they were appropriate for customers over the age of 14. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be risky.

Shares of Target were last seen down fractionally at $58.17, with a consensus analyst price target of $59.28 and a 52-week range of $48.56 to $79.33.

Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus.

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"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email.

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).

Lead exposure can be extremely unsafe for children, potentially impacting mental development among other risks.

U.S. PIRG said it sent representatives to five Target stores around the country who found the spinners being sold in the toy department. "Beware of these two fidget spinners, as they have risky amounts of lead". Below that, it says the manufacturer categorizes the toy as being for ages "6 years and up".

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

Target declined to remove the products. It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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