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Question from Tammy

I have done extensive research on the Proposition 65 Warning on the Kitchen Aid Range, Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator and Maytag Washer and Dryer we recently purchased for our new home. I see that you’ve looked into this extensively. I have received mostly cut and paste responses. A customer service representative with Whirlpool indicated that “there may be exposure to freon if you mess with the sealed system in the fridge” and “there is also oil in the washing machines”. She also indicated that “as long as you don’t self repair you will have no issues”. She said that there is”no exposure in the plastics or water”. They indicate that the warning refers to the inner components of the appliances. Is this your understanding with home appliances? This Prop 65 Warning appears to be on most if not all home appliances (Range, Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer). I would greatly appreciate your insight/knowledge.



Lisa’s Answer


You have done a good job researching!  It has been my finding as well that many of the warnings for appliances pertain to components or materials that the consumer does not come in contact with during normal usage.  This is a problem with Proposition 65.  In many instances, It does not disclose enough information to be useful.  I do recommending calling the manufacturer for any item that carries the label before you purchase the it.  Try to ascertain, as you did, what the material is that necessitates the warning, where is it used in the product, and how is the consumer exposed to it.  Unfortunately, manufactures are not required to disclose this and many times customer service representatives do not know the answer.


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