Lab results showed that two fidget spinners now sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass has 300 times the amount of maximum lead allowed in children's toys.
The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million.
U.S. PIRG says everyone needs to stop pretending that kids don't use fidget spinners, and that Target should issue a recall for the affected Fidget Wild Premium Spinner products, which it even advertises on its website as being "framed as a toy".
Lab results showed two fidget spinners contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children's products. "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". The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions.
"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Kara Cook-Shultz said. "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you".
"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post.
The advocacy group says it has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal body, of the high lead levels.
U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description.
Target has failed to comment about why they would sell a product that could be risky for children or adults.
Bulls-I-Toy, the maker of the fidget spinner, said the packaging clearly says that the spinner is for youngsters who are at least 14-years-old.