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Fidget Spinners Sold at Target Contain Dangerous Levels of Lead, Advocacy Group Says

Fidget spinners - the multipronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year that some schools banned them as a distraction - have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus.

But now a consumer advocacy group says that two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be dangerous. The items - Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal - were found to contain as much as 330 times the federal legal limit for lead in children's products, according to lab tests conducted for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, or U.S. PIRG, Education Fund.

The group is calling on Target to stop selling the items and issue recalls for the ones it has already sold.

Target says the fidget spinners, which sell for $19.99, are not toys but rather "general use products" because they are marketed to users 14 and older. (Federal law defines "children's products" as items that are designed primarily for use by children 12 and younger.)

"The two fidget spinners cited are clearly marked on the package as ‘appropriate for customers ages 14 and older,’ and are not marketed to children," a Target spokesman said in an email. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards."

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But now a consumer advocacy group says that two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be dangerous. The items - Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal - were found to contain as much as 330 times the federal legal limit for lead in children's products, according to lab tests conducted for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, or U.S. PIRG, Education Fund.

The group is calling on Target to stop selling the items and issue recalls for the ones it has already sold.

Target says the fidget spinners, which sell for $19.99, are not toys but rather "general use products" because they are marketed to users 14 and older. (Federal law defines "children's products" as items that are designed primarily for use by children 12 and younger.)

"The two fidget spinners cited are clearly marked on the package as ‘appropriate for customers ages 14 and older,’ and are not marketed to children," a Target spokesman said in an email. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards."

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