According to ABC News, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that two models of fidget spinners being sold nationwide at Target contained "extremely high" levels of lead in the metal and coating.
The US Public Interest Research Group, which produces an annual report about risky toys, released data on two fidget spinners sold at Target stores - the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal - on Thursday, saying that both gadgets contained excessive lead levels.
Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in brass and metal, sold by Target and distributed by Bulls i Toy, LLC, were pulled from store shelves starting Friday, USA Today reported. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.
The watchdog group is calling on US government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products.
- High levels of lead have been found in one of the more popular gadgets this year: fidget spinners.
Target is coming under criticism this morning over some of the fidget spinners it sells.
Target responded to concerns, saying in a statement that the company is "committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guest and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention". Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to undermine IQ, attentiveness and academic achievement.
The company could not provide an estimate on how numerous fidget spinners will have to be removed from stores.
The fidget spinners were not available on Target's website as of Sunday.
While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.
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.
Interim CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle also warned that light-up spinners contain lithium coin batteries that can cause severe internal burns, if swallowed, and have been the source of fire warnings.