The U.S. Public Interest Research Group tested several models of fidget spinners and found two models, both sold at Target stores nationwide, that contained "extremely high" levels of lead in the metal and coating.
A consumer group is warning that two models of fidget spinners being sold at Target contain high levels of lead that may be harmful to children.
"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", read a Target statement. The metal spinner tested at 13 times acceptable lead levels. Target and Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the CPSC's declaration that fidget spinners aren't technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead.
Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys. The spinners were not required to meet federal lead standards.
"Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), Target and its supplier Bulls i Toy need to ensure that the products are recalled, so that people who have already purchased the products won't suffer any health consequences from playing with these toxic toys", the group wrote on its website.
Originally, Target planned to continue selling them, saying that the items met U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines.
In a written statement, Target Corp. said the company is "committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention".
"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Cook-Shultz said.
Fidget spinners have come under fire since going viral for parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.
Fidget spinners are palm-sized toys for adults and kids alike featuring a whirling center.
But PIRG says Target often markets these fidget spinners to kids by placing them in aisles alongside toys, and has scoffed at the notion that kids won't use a particular fidget spinner just because the packaging said 14-plus.
When the group contacted the CPSC, it says it received an email that called fidget spinners general use products that are only considered a toy if labeled for kids age 12 or under.
Many light-up fidget spinners also contain lithium batteries that can cause severe internal burns if swallowed.