Target responded that those particular models were not recommended for consumers under the age of 14, negating prescribed lead restrictions for children. Company representatives argue that a fidget spinner is not a toy because such products are not intended for kids 14 and older.
But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be unsafe.
A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have unsafe, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit.
CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels.
Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 parts per million (ppm).
USPIRG said it wasn't aware of any reported cases of lead poisoning that can definitively be traced to fidget spinners, but the Centers for Disease Control says there's no such thing as a safe level of lead.
The products are supplied by Bulls-I-Toys, based in Des Moines, Iowa. "All of our product (s) are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".
High levels of lead can affect multiple systems in the body and is especially harmful to young children, according to the World Health Organization.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) said Wednesday that two variants of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner products surpassed the federal legal limits for lead in toys. New research shows they can also be unsafe. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages "6 and up".
He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.
"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", said Target spokesman Lee Henderson in a prepared statement.
"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, toxics director at the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, per Fortune magazine.
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.