Target Refuses To Pull Fidget Spinners With High Lead Levels

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Fidget spinners, the multi-pronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year some schools banned them as a distraction, have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus. However, these toys could be on the way out as well. But reports are showing that some fidget spinners being sold at Target have high levels of lead.

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase.

PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as unsafe and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", Henderson said. The legal amount of lead considered acceptable in children's products is 100 ppm.

Lab tests also revealed that the center of the metal version of the same spinner contained 1,300 ppm of lead. "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you".

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. "All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling". But after some risky incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses.

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High levels of lead can affect multiple systems in the body and is especially harmful to young children, according to the World Health Organization.

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Target declined to remove the products.

U.S PIRG said it's still calling on the retailer to pull the products from store shelves.

"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", he continued.