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Target pulls lead-laden fidget spinners from website

11 November 2017

The US Public Interest Research Group, which produces an annual report about risky 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.

Target is selling fidget spinners with levels of lead unsafe for children according to a new report by a consumer advocacy group.

The circle center of the brass Fidget Wild Premium Spinner tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The "metal" fidget spinner had 1,300 parts per million of lead at its core.

Those fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a Consumer Product Safety Commission-accredited laboratory, says U.S. PIRG.

Target officials say stores will continue to sell the products and argue they don't have to follow the acceptable limit because the gadgets are not toys intended for children.

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Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys.

Following the US PIRG report yesterday, CPSC Commissioner Elliot Kaye, who was chairman of the government watchdog until earlier this year, noted over Twitter: "Seems obvious fidget spinners are toys and should comply with all applicable federal safety standards".

A Target spokeswoman told ABC News she thought the spinners were "primarily" sold in the front of stores.

The company noted that CPSC is responsible for how the toys are categorized.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Cook-Shultz said.

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"We advise parents to remove the two fidget spinners that we identified from children's use and join us in calling on Target to immediately recall them".

"I don't know what they are if they are not toys", Woolf said.

Interim CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle also warned that light-up spinners contain lithium coin batteries that can cause severe internal burns, if swallowed, and have been the source of fire warnings.

In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners. Target also appears to have made the "brass" fidget spinner unavailable online, though they were apparently still on store shelves as of Friday.

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Target pulls lead-laden fidget spinners from website