Target Removes Lead-Laden Fidget Spinners from Store Shelves

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Dev Gowda

Kara Cook-Schultz

U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Today, Target announced that it will be removing two fidget spinner models that contain well over the legal limit of lead for children’s toys from its store shelves. Target had initially balked at our request to do so, citing a Consumer Product Safety Commission rule stating that general use products directed at adults don’t need to follow the same lead guidelines as children’s products directed at children 12 and under. These two models of fidget spinners, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, were labeled for ages 14 and up.

We are pleased that Target is doing the right thing and removing the dangerous fidget spinners from its shelves and its website.

This is a great first step to ensure that no one new comes into contact with the high amounts of lead contained in these fidget spinners.

Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), Target and its supplier Bulls i Toy need to ensure that the products are recalled, so that people who have already purchased the products won’t suffer any health consequences from playing with these toxic toys.

And to prevent children from being exposed to lead-laden toys in the future, the CPSC needs to revise its loose and arbitrary regulations for determining the age range of a product.