Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Your fidget spinner could be more risky than you know

Your fidget spinner could be more risky than you know

But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be unsafe.

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) is finding itself under the microscope after the PIRG found that fidget spinners it sold contained high levels of lead.

Target responded to the report by claiming the toys are made for children 14 and over, so CPSC lead restrictions for children don't apply.

"As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards", she said, per CBS News.

Business Insider says that the legal limit for lead in a children's toy is 100 parts per million. The center of the metal version of the same spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

The products are supplied by Bulls-I-Toys, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

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"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post.

When ingested or inhaled, lead can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities and stunted growth in young children. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund found some problems with a major retailer's sales of this hot new toy. The Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass is also being sold on Target's website. But after some unsafe incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses. Below that, it says the manufacturer categorizes the toy as being for ages "6 years and up".

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.

In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.

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

U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description.

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