Lead concerns prompt Target to pull some some fidget spinners from shelves

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said in a report that Target and Bulls-I-Toys haven't taken any action since and the spinners are still being sold.

U.S. PIRG, a public advocacy group, released a report on Thursday detailing the amount of lead in the toys and demanding Target and Bulls i Toy remove the products and issue a public statement on the alleged high levels of lead in the toys. The center circle of the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" was tested for 1,300 ppm of lead and the arm tested for 520 ppm of lead.

While children's toys must comply with numerous safety standards, including meeting federal guidelines on lead and phthalates content, the CPSC has classified many fidget spinners as "general use products" for adults.

The watchdog group is calling on USA government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products. Toys tested for high levels of lead were re-tested to confirm results.

Target is coming under criticism this morning over some of the fidget spinners it sells.

The U.S. PIRG report, however, addresses Target's defense: "U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff found these fidget spinners sold in the toy aisle of Target stores and on the Target.com website, which includes a statement that the product is intended for children ages 6 and up". But, after the company reviewed the products, it made a decision to pull them anyway.

There are no lead-level prohibitions for products marked for children 12 and over.

The CPSC guidelines state that some fidget spinners could be children's products.

The manufacturer of the specific model, Bulls-I-Toy, wrote in a statement: "There are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it".

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.

A Target spokesperson responded to the story by writing in an email to PIRG that the fidget spinners in question are marketed to anyone age 14 or older.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", Cook-Schultz said.

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