Economy

Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

They're one of the biggest toy fads in recent years, but a new report finds high levels of lead in some fidget spinners sold at Target stores and online.

Consumer group U.S. PIRG is asking Target to recall two types of fidget spinners for possibly containing risky amounts of lead.

PIRG found 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead in the center circle and 22,000 ppm in the arm of one model called "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass". And the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products, '" Target said in a statement. The federal limit for children's products is 100 parts per million for lead.

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. So, Target needs to immediately stop selling the toys that contain high amounts of lead, and issue a recall for those that they've already sold.

More news: Trump brings up Chicago gun laws while in South Korea

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children". "All of our product (s) are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

Exposure to high levels of lead has been shown to cause lead poisoning, which can cause organ damage and long-term health problems.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.

Target has failed to comment about why they would sell a product that could be risky for adults.

Bulls-I-Toys, the manufacturer of the fidget spinners in question, said in a letter to US PIRG that "there are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it" because the packaging makes it clear that the item should not be used by children of a certain age. The report did not address whether there have been any injuries after a product purchase.


  • Kevin Spacey Removed from All the Money in the World

    Kevin Spacey Removed from All the Money in the World

    Spacey's former publicist said last week that the actor was "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment ". Imperative Entertainment financed the film, and Friedkin and Thomas produced along with Scott Free's Scott and Kevin J.
    Apple May Unveil Standalone AR Headset in 2019

    Apple May Unveil Standalone AR Headset in 2019

    Just look at what happened with the now dead " Project Titan ", Apple's ambitious project to build a self-driving auto . As promising as an AR headset sounds, it's also important to remember that Apple could scrap such plans at any time.
    Ubisoft CEO says there's two more years until a new console generation

    Ubisoft CEO says there's two more years until a new console generation

    As with any new hardware, there will be failures, so it's impossible to know the rate of consoles bricking after just two days. Yesterday, Tuesday, November 7, Microsoft sent the Xbox One X, the newest member of the Xbox One family into the race.
  • France, Spain to make European Union  deficit deadline, Italy's debt to fall - Commission

    France, Spain to make European Union deficit deadline, Italy's debt to fall - Commission

    Italy remained in last place for growth in the European Commission's economic forecasts for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The gap is seen declining to 0.9% next year, down from the previous estimate of 1.3%, and to 0.8% in 2019.
    Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit

    Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit

    Tillerson said the two nations have "significant conversations" underway on various issues including Syria and Ukraine. Trump met Putin for the first time at the G20 Summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany in July.
    OnePlus 5T price set to stay the same as the OnePlus 5

    OnePlus 5T price set to stay the same as the OnePlus 5

    We will know its official specs and pricing details for India in a matter of days, so stay tuned to 91mobiles for regular updates. The latest leak suggests that the OnePlus 5T may actually launch at the same price as its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 .
  • Bigg Boss to punish contestants

    Bigg Boss to punish contestants

    Mehjabi loses her temper and gives it back to her saying that at least she wears decent clothes unlike her. She also will go the jail as a part of her punishment.
    Lebanon declaring war on Saudi Arabia -Saudi Minister

    Lebanon declaring war on Saudi Arabia -Saudi Minister

    Human Rights Watch said the launch of an indiscriminate missile at a predominantly civilian airport was an apparent war crime . Saudi Arabia on Thursday warned its citizens against travel to Lebanon and said those already there should leave.
    Kremlin says Putin and Trump likely to meet in Vietnam

    Kremlin says Putin and Trump likely to meet in Vietnam

    If the two leaders do meet, Peskov said there is a "great probability" they would discuss the situation in North Korea . Yuri Ushakov, a Putin foreign affairs advisor, said "there are things to discuss and we are ready for it".
  • Aguero Considers Manchester City Exit

    Aguero is now away with Argentina on worldwide duty, as they prepare to take on Russian Federation and Nigeria in friendlies. The Argentinian joined City in 2011, signing from Atletico, after having started his career with the Buenos Aires club.
    Sister, Sister star Tia Mowry is pregnant with baby number 2

    Sister, Sister star Tia Mowry is pregnant with baby number 2

    Wednesday afternoon, the actress shared on Instagram that she and her husband Cory Hardrict will soon expand their family. The precious post shows the actress' husband, Cory Hardrict , and her six-year-old son Cree kissing her belly.
    Rawlings Gold Gloves to Arenado, LeMahieu

    Rawlings Gold Gloves to Arenado, LeMahieu

    Winners are determined using a combination of advanced metrics (25 percent) and coach and manager voting (75 percent). Dozier, 30, played in 152 games, and committed just five errors in 674 total chances.