Target's Fidget Spinners Could Be Poisoning Kids

Target's Fidget Spinners Could Be Poisoning Kids

Target's Fidget Spinners Could Be Poisoning Kids

The box the gadget was in contained a warning that the spinner was a choking hazard for children under the age of three, but said nothing about lead.

U.S. PIRG says its research of the popular toys found that two models of spinners sold at Target "contain as much as 300 times the federal legal limit for lead in children's products". Incredibly, Target and its distributor Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) declaration that fidget spinners are not technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead. "They are not defined by the CPSC as toys". The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+".

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The two brands of fidget spinners identified by USPIRG were the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

The retailer told researchers that the sale was justified because the spinners aren't marketed to kids.

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"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target's Jennifer Silberman wrote to the researchers in an email shared with Business Insider. "All of our product [s] are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

MASSPIRG said that this defies common sense, since millions of children play with fidget spinners, regardless of whether or not they are marketed to them. Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe.

PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from stores and for a recall to be issued. Below that, it says the manufacturer categorizes the toy as being for ages "6 years and up".

In a statement a spokeswoman from Target said, "Target is committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention". The product sells for $19.99.

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