Report shows high levels of lead in certain fidget spinners

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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.

The two fidgets spinners in question are the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass which tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal which tested at 1,200 ppm of lead.

USA Today said the company could not provide an estimate on how numerous popular fidget spinner toys it will have to remove from stores. That's 300 times higher than the legal limit for children's products.

However, when TexPIRG Education Fund reached out to Target, Bulls i Toy and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) with the results, all three noted fidget spinners are labeled as general use products, and are not subject to the same standards as children's products.

A toy that spun out of control in popularity is now being called into question for its potential lead levels.

Target's initial response Thursday, as the report was referenced across national media, was not to pull the products, but to point out that they do not technically violate laws or guidelines for children's toys - the spinners are actually labeled for ages 14 and older.

However, after Target and the manufacturer were provided the results of US PIRG's findings, they decided not to pull the toys from their shelves or from their website.

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"We are pleased to see that Target is not selling these products online anymore", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at US PIRG.

Bulls i Toy did not immediately return USA TODAY's request for comment.

There are no lead-level prohibitions for products marked for children 12 and over.

Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces.

In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners.

"Based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck said in a statement to ABC News.

An Oregon mom is warning parents against buying fidget spinners for their kids after finding a concerning level of lead on the popular toy. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

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