A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have unsafe, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit.
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 center circle in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal contained 1,000 parts per million of lead, according to MASSPIRG.
"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target spokesman Lee Henderson said in a prepared statement.
Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 parts per million (ppm). A CBS News report details results from a consumer advocacy group who tested the devices (after catching wind of a potential issue from the Lead Safe Mama Facebook page).
Representatives for Target and the manufacturer, Bulls-I-Toy, told the Washington Post that the $19.99 gadgets are not sold as children's products. "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you". CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.More news: Axed David Luiz watches Chelsea win from stands
Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls.
He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.
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.
As of Thursday, the Target website mistakenly had the age recommendation as "6 years and up" in the product details under the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass.
"The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys", Cook-Schultz said.