Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

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 Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says
Heather Davidson | 10 November, 2017, 01:25

Consumer group, PIRG Education Fund, says they found lead in some of the spinners sold at Target, and according to them, Target hasn't addressed it.

Lab results showed that two fidget spinners now sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million. Laboratory tests performed last month showed that the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contained 33,000 ppm of lead in its center circle, and 22,000 ppm in its arm, according to U.S. PIRG.

The study was conducted on the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal. 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.

If you've purchased these toys and are anxious about lead exposure, U.S. PIRG is advising consumers to stop using the two fidget spinner models immediately, and to place them in a bag out of reach of children.

A CBS News report details results from a consumer advocacy group who tested the devices (after catching wind of a potential issue from the Lead Safe Mama Facebook page).

In this photo illustration, a man spins a fidget spinner.

The popular little toys are already the subject of Consumer Product Safety Commission choking hazard warnings. Company representatives argue that a fidget spinner is not a toy because such products are not intended for kids 14 and older.

Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

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.

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe, and that contamination is irreversible.

Even though the product isn't considered a toy and says 14+ on the packaging it's sold in the kid toy aisle.

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