Target selling fidget spinners with high levels of lead

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN/WFLA) — A new CBS News report says that some fidget spinners being sold across the country contain lead, and Target is refusing to pull them from the shelves.

The report says the US Public Interest Research Group found that some of the spinners sold at the retailer contain dangerously high levels of lead.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead — some 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children’s toys. The lead level in another model, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal, tested at 1,300 parts per million.

Target responded to the report by claiming the toys are made for children 14 and over, so CPSC lead restrictions for children don’t apply.

“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,” said Target spokesman Lee Henderson in a prepared statement.

Lead poisoning is most dangerous for young children.

CBS News has the full report.

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