I recently bought a small Dirt Devil Dynamite vacuum.
After reading the manual carefully I found this
WARNING: THE CORDS, WIRES AND/OR CABLES SUPPLIED WITH
THlS PRODUCT CONTAINS CHEMICALS, INCLUDING LEAD OR LEAD
COMPOUNDS, KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE
CANCER AND BIRTH DEFECTS OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM.
WASH HANDS AFTER USING
Took the unit back and bought a similar vac form
Hoover.... but had the SAME warning in the manual!
What gives? Why would they market/sell a unit with
such a toxic chemical in it?
1: it's not that toxic, & therefore is allowed, so they are warning all the
vexatious ligitants not to bother suing
2: it's toxic, but handwashing as requested deals with the problem,
therefore vexatious ligitants need not bother there, either (perhaps there
is a coating of some kind on the cord to help it retract better...?)
since this warning only mentions "lead" (which doesn't afaik cause cancer OR
birth defects) and "lead compounds" (which could be anything, since they
don't state which compounds it is) frankly, i'd not be that concerned. it's
hard to imagine toxic substances can be picked up from vacuum cleaner cords
but not other cords which don't come with such warnings.
it seems to me rather more likely there'd be lead in the vacuum dust you
suck up. however, if you're bothered, buy a different one. i've bought a few
vacuums in my time & never seen any such warnings - which is why it's
difficult to imagine what the problem might be without further information.
lead can be problem if ingested or breathed; it can lead to very minor brain
damage. what other "compounds" they are talking about is anyone's guess.
generally these days, specific problems invoke specific warnings. this is
unspecific to the point where it seems to me a "just in case" warning, for
people who might (for example) dismantle the vacuum cleaner & touch all the
bits, get cancer 20 years later, & go looking for someone to blame. that's
my interpretation of what you've supplied.
having said that, many substances, including certain plastics, become a
considerable problem in quantity over time. smart people have already
heavily reduced their use of plastics. it might be that. you could ask the
manufacturer for _specific_ information, otherwise it's very hard to tell
what the problem might be.
Lead keeps the PVC from deteriorating. If you wiped the cord with a
cloth, the cloth wouldn't pick up any lead. If you handled a foot of
cord with sweaty hands and licked your hands off, you might ingest 1
microgram of lead.
Drinking water with up to 15 micrograms per liter is considered safe, so
what you could ingest from the cord is pretty small.
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