Target pulls 2 fidget spinners over lead concerns


HOUSTON – Target is pulling two fidget spinners from its shelves after a report found dangerous levels of lead in them.

The report states there’s more than 300 times the legal limit for lead in children’s products in some of their brass and metal spinners.

Target sent KPRC2 the following response:

"While these two products comply with all CPSC 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."

Target’s initial response was that the fidget spinners are not children’s products, so therefore the federal lead regulations for children’s products did not apply. 

A response came from one of the Consumer Product Safety Commission commissioners, Elliot F. Kaye, who said, “Seems obvious fidget spinners are toys and should comply with all applicable federal safety standards.”

The spinners under scrutiny are the "fidget wild premium" spinners in both brass and metal.

It seems the fidget spinners have since been pulled from Target’s website: They no longer appear in a Target.com search for fidget spinners, and in visiting the original link where the fidget spinner was previously available for sale, it says that the fidget spinner is unavailable for sale online.

As Channel 2 Investigates first told you last month, lead still exists in household items and can cause seizures, weight loss, fatigue and learning disabilities.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated said fidget spinners were recalled.