Popular Toy Removed From Target Shelves
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 21, 2017
Fidget spinners may be some of this year’s hottest toys, but certain models could be dangerous, and even toxic, for kids.
Target is pulling two kinds of fidget spinners from its shelves after a consumer advocacy group found they contained “extremely high” levels of lead. Both devices contain many times the acceptable lead limit for children’s toys, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
Under federal law, toys should not contain more than 100 parts per million of lead. The center of the brass spinner tested for a lead content of 33,000 ppm, and the other spinner tested for 1,300 ppm.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to even very small amounts of lead can seriously endanger a child’s health and can lead to brain damage, slowed development, hearing and speech problems, and other issues.