Consumer Group Calls for Target Toy Recall

Posted November 10, 2017

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores. Target, however, is pushing back on the report, as they say the legal limit for lead that PIRG cites is only applicable for children's toys. For the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", the center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, and the arm tested for 22,000 ppm of lead.

CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels.

The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy.

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PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as risky and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners. 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.

Lab results showed that two types of fidget spinners contained well over the legal limit for lead, which is 100 parts per million (ppm) in children's products.

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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.

U.S. PIRG also called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to reclassify fidget spinners as toys, rather than its current category of general use products. "The buck has to stop with someone". Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers. Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

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