According to a report put out by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, the "brass" fidget spinner contains 33,000 parts per million of lead at its center, which is, shall we say, a bit more than the 100 parts per million legal limit for lead found in toys marketed to kids.
"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target. She tests consumer products that concerned parents send to her, including hundreds of fidget spinners.
The group continues to test other spinners from other retailers as part of its annual holiday toy testing project. That's 300 times higher than the legal limit for children's products.
Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys.
Lead poisoning can also lead to brain and nervous system conditions, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure and headaches in adults.
CPSC could hold the products to federal standards for lead if classified as a toy.
Target's initial response Thursday, as the report was referenced across national media, was not to pull the products, but to point out that they do not technically violate laws or guidelines for children's toys - the spinners are actually labeled for ages 14 and older. Cook-Schulz said it released the report on the lead content of these two spinners early because of public safety concerns.
The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday.
"We are pleased to see that Target is not selling these products online anymore", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at US PIRG.
The manufacturer of the specific model, Bulls-I-Toy, wrote in a statement: "There are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it".
While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys. The organization argues that the two fidget spinners are marketed towards children.
"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.
Fidget spinners are quite possibly the most popular toy of the year.