Target pulls 2 fidget spinners amid lead concerns

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Fidget spinners are one of the hottest new trends of the year, but ahead of the holiday shopping season, a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, says testing found risky levels of lead in some.

The US Public Interest Research Group, which produces an annual report about unsafe toys, released data on two fidget spinners sold at Target stores - the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal - on Thursday, saying that both gadgets contained excessive lead levels.

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", read a Target statement. The brass spinner in question tested at more than 300 times acceptable lead levels for children's products.

The group continues to test other spinners from other retailers as part of its annual holiday toy testing project. Federal law says children's products should not exceed 100 parts per million of lead content.

However, when TexPIRG Education Fund reached out to Target, Bulls i Toy and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) with the results, all three noted fidget spinners are labeled as general use products, and are not subject to the same standards as children's products. They may contain high levels of lead. The advocacy group requested Target and its developer, Bulls i Toys, LLC to recall the products and investigate the how lead seeped into them.

PIRG urged customers to not purchase the fidget spinners, which sell for $19,99.

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In a written statement, Target Corp. said the company 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". Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to undermine IQ, attentiveness and academic achievement. Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy.

"Light up" fidget spinners may come with button or lithium coin cell batteries.

U.S. PIRG argued that though the fidget spinners were marketed for people 14 or older, Target also said on its website that it was available for children 6 or older.

"Furthermore, common sense dictates that fidget spinners are meant for kids and therefore should be classified as toys".

Fidget spinners are quite possibly the most popular toy of the year.

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