CoPIRG: High levels of lead in some fidget spinners sold at Target

Target website

Target website

However, these toys could be on the way out as well.

Non-profit PIRG Education Fund conducted the lab tests and reported that two fidget spinners that were being sold by the retailer contained levels of lead that far exceeded the legal limit allowed for children's toys, Business Insider said.

A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have risky, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit. The group also has a petition calling on Target to issue a recall of the toys and remove them from stores. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says fidget spinners are a choking hazard in a warning for parents.

The limit for lead is 100 parts per million (ppm) in toys.

The two products are the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass" and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", which tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) and 1,300 ppm of lead, respectively.

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Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus.

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

The consumer group called this an "absurd and unsafe conclusion".

Shares of Target were last seen down fractionally at $58.17, with a consensus analyst price target of $59.28 and a 52-week range of $48.56 to $79.33.

When ingested or inhaled, lead can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities and stunted growth in young children. "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". That's because the two Fidget Wild Premium Spinner varieties are labeled for those age 14+.

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Target is selling fidget spinners with potentially risky lead levels, according to a new study. Below that, it says the manufacturer categorizes the toy as being for ages "6 years and up".

In a prepared statement, Target Spokesman Lee Henderson told CBS News those particular models were not intended to be used by children under 14, which means certain lead restrictions don't apply.

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

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

"The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys", Cook-Schultz said.

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