Bad timing for Target just before the holiday season, as it faces a major problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply.
Some fidget spinners sold at Target may contain unsafe levels of lead, according to a new study from a consumer protection group.
CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development.
However, the Fidget Wild Premium spinner being sold contains 33,000 parts per million.
CoPIRGreport that when Target and the toy's distributor, Bulls i Toy, were alerted to the findings, they refused to address the problem. Not only are they sold in the toy aisles, alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds, the description of the brass spinner noted that the gadget has an "educational focus" and is appropriate for ages "6 and up", on Target's website.
The companies said they don't plan to act because the spinners aren't technically considered "children's products" by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from stores and for a recall to be issued. This affordable and addictive little toy is already the topic of choking hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.
"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you,"said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director for U.S. PIRG". A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.
U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.
The CPSC has previously warned people that models of the popular trinket are a potential choking hazard for children. If swallowed, these batteries can cause severe internal burns.
The CPSC noted that the agency classifies most spinners as "general use" products, rather than children's toys. "Let's get them off the shelves".