U.S. PIRG Education Fund found two fidget spinner models that contained high levels of lead for sale at Target stores across United states. Parents and consumers need to know about these lead-laden toys, especially because when we alerted Target and the toy’s distributor, Bulls i Toy, to our findings, they refused to address the problem. The toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website. Incredibly, Target and Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) declaration that fidget spinners are not technically “children’s products” subject to legal limits for lead. 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.
The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC rules. CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in our report.
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