On Your Side: Jacksonville Targets remove fidget spinners after 'excessive lead' test results

Many parents are concerned after two popular fidget spinners were found having high lead content.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Target representative confirmed the retail chain is yanking two fidget spinner products from shelves after a new consumer report found excessive levels of lead.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group's (USPIRG) report found Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal had between five and 13 times the amount of lead allowable in toys for children.

USPIRG tested another type of spinner by the same brand, Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal Brass, and found 200 to 300 times the allowable amount on the device's center circle and rotating arms.

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act regulates the amount of lead in products for children 12 and under. 

Fidget Wild's metal series advertises the spinners as appropriate for ages 14 and up keeping the product outside of the toy classification.

Several Jacksonville-area Targets recently removed the products, leaving empty racks in the toy aisle alongside a variety of spinners approved for ages 4 and above.

Despite Target's initial stance to keep selling the products, Target representative Lee Henderson told First Coast News in a statement on Monday:

"While these two products comply with all Consumer Protection Safety Commission guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we’re removing them from our assortment. Additionally, we’re working closely with our vendors to ensure all of the fidget spinners carried at Target meet the CPSC’s guidelines for children’s products."


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