U.S. PIRG said it sent representatives to five Target stores around the country who found the spinners being sold in the toy department. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass center circle tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.
CBS News reports that a Target spokesman said in a written statement that the fidget spinners did not need to meet federal lead limits because they were not marketed as children's toys, but rather general use products.
Bulls-I-Toys, the manufacturer of the fidget spinners in question, said in a letter to US PIRG that "there are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it" because the packaging makes it clear that the item should not be used by children of a certain age.
"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said national lead expert Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy. The Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass is also being sold on Target's website.
When ingested or inhaled, lead can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities and stunted growth in young children.
The popular little toys are already the subject of Consumer Product Safety Commission choking hazard warnings.
He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.
"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, per Fortune magazine.
If you've purchased these toys and are anxious about lead exposure, U.S. PIRG is advising consumers to stop using the two fidget spinner models immediately, and to place them in a bag out of reach of children.