The twirling, hand-held toys are wildly popular at schools throughout the U.S., however there is growing concern that parents may want to refrain from buying the fidget spinners for their children.
Lab results showed that two fidget spinners currently 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 tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million.
Consumers can still purchase both fidget spinners online for $19.99, but the U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on Target to stop selling them and issue recalls.
Target has justified the sale of the popular item by reminding consumers that the spinners are recommended for consumers over the age of 14, so the federal lead restrictions don’t apply to the toys. Federal law only considers products toys if they are labeled for people 12 and under.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as ‘general use products.’ They are not defined by the CPSC as toys,” said Target spokesman Lee Henderson in a prepared statement to CBS News.