Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a public-interest group alleges that unsafe amounts of lead have been found in fidget spinners sold at Target.
The company announced the move after a report on Thursday from U.S. PIRG, a public advocacy group, said Fidget Wild Premium brass and metal spinners contained high lead levels, the story said.
The spinners in question are: "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", which tested at 33,000 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 22,000 parts per million in the arm, and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", which was found to have 1,300 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 520 parts per million in its arm. On Target's website, the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Bass" is recommended for ages 14 and over, as well as, 6 and over. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.
"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", Target spokesman Lee Henderson said in a prepared statement, according to CBS News.
Exposure to high amounts of lead have been shown to cause lead poisoning that can lead or organ damage and long-term health problems. "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".
Target and Bulls-I-Toys do not plan to take any action because the spinners aren't technically considered children't products by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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"The reason that lead is a large concern - especially in children's products - is that when children are exposed to high levels of lead they can experience things like memory loss, learning disabilities", she said.
Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director for the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, said while the spinners might not be officially classified as toys, in practice they often are.
The company noted that CPSC is responsible for how the toys are categorized.
U.S. PIRG said in a statement on Saturday that it was "pleased" Target removed the fidget spinners from store shelves.
In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.
In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners.