Your fidget spinner could be more unsafe than you know

A lab test by the non-profit PIRG Education Fund found that two fidget spinners sold at the retailer far exceeded the legal limit for lead in children's toys.

The group detailed its findings in a report Wednesday.

Target is hawking fidget spinners that contain unsafe amounts of lead, according to a consumer advocacy group. Federal law only considers products toys if they are labeled for people 12 and under.

This does not bode well for the not-so-rare fidget spinner, which has already been labeled with choking-hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase.

The two fidget spinners containing the lead are, "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal". The lead level in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million.

PIRG urged customers to not purchase the fidget spinners, which sell for $19.99.

In a statement a spokeswoman from Target said, "Target 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". The organization argues that the two fidget spinners are marketed towards children. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards". The advocacy group requested Target and its developer, Bulls i Toys, LLC to recall the products and investigate the how lead seeped into them.

Still, officials at the US PIRG believe something has to be done to avoid exposing children and others to the toxins found in the fidget spinners.

Lead exposure can harm the development of children and has been shown to undermine intelligence levels, attentiveness and academic achievement.

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.

U.S. PIRG says everyone needs to stop pretending that kids don't use fidget spinners, and that Target should issue a recall for the affected Fidget Wild Premium Spinner products, which it even advertises on its website as being "framed as a toy".

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