U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description.
However, the Fidget Wild Premium spinner being sold contains 33,000 parts per million.
The two companies defended the sale of the fidget spinners by arguing that they are not technically children's products and therefore not subject to legal limits for lead. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls.
The study was conducted on the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.
Lab results showed two fidget spinners contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children's products.
Kids find fidget spinners fun and somewhat addictive. But after some unsafe incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses.
On its website, the CPSC says "most fidget spinners are general use products unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".
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).
U.S PIRG said it's still calling on the retailer to pull the products from store shelves.
"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.
"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys". The product sells for $19.99. Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.