Your fidget spinner could be more unsafe than you know

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A consumer advocacy group said they found fidget spinners sold at Target contained more than 300 times the lead levels allowed in children's toys.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million of lead.

But one of the fidget spinners with a risky amount of lead - the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" - is actually labeled for kids almost half that age.

In a prepared statement, Target Spokesman Lee Henderson told CBS News those particular models were not intended to be used by children under 14, which means certain lead restrictions don't apply.

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Business Insider says that the legal limit for lead in a children's toy is 100 parts per million. "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".

PIRG called on Target and fidget spinner distributor Bulls i Toy to immediately recall the two fidget spinners and conduct further investigations into how such high levels of lead were found in them.

PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as unsafe and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores. The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+".

Kids find fidget spinners fun and somewhat addictive.

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The popular little toys are already the subject of Consumer Product Safety Commission choking hazard warnings.

Exposure to high levels of lead has been shown to cause lead poisoning, which can cause organ damage and long-term health problems.

The "Lead Safe Mama" blog and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group are now calling for those products to be taken off store shelves.

"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, U.S. PIRG Education Fund toxics director.

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