Your fidget spinner could be more risky than you know

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However, according to group's lab tests, the center circle of Fidget Wild Premium Spinner "Brass" has 33,000ppm, while the lead level in another model the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner "Metal" had 1,300ppm.

U.S. PIRG released their findings to make parents and consumers aware of these lead-laden toys.

U.S. PIRG says its research of the popular toys found that two models of spinners sold at Target "contain as much as 300 times the federal legal limit for lead in children's products".

The group says the age gap is a loophole in the law, where those lead requirements for toys cap out at age 12.

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. Children's products are subject to federal lead standards, branding them as general use allows the companies to bypass these standards.

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A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toy sent a statement to the Post-Dispatch saying "Safety is one of our top priorities".

Third parties must test those children's products in a CPSC-approved laboratory before selling them. "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.

Lead-based paint, old toys, imported ceramics, alternative medicines and spices were the major culprits of the 1,200 reported cases of elevated lead levels in Minnesota a year ago.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Kara Cook-Shultz said.

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PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", a Target official wrote in an email shared with Business Insider.

U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.

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