Prop 65 Warning on Case(s). Port Plugs anyone?

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  1. wonkeed, Dec 8, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014

    wonkeed macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2014
    Hi all,

    Long time lurker, just signed up to ask some questions. Like most of you I've been researching up and down for cases for my (soon to be arriving) 6+. I'm pretty much set on Speck's CandyShell Grip case but don't know what to make of the Cali Prop 65 warning label on it which reads: "This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm." I couldn't find a conclusive answer to whether or not my concern is warranted as the warning itself is so vague. I gave Speck a call and the lady was a bit condescending, all I wanted to know was a little more info about the warning and she kind of wrote it off and advised me to buy another case "if this bothers you." Jeez lady. Anyhow I found another concerned consumer on an Amazon review:

    It seems like someone found CaseMate's explanation of the warning which offers some insight but is not too helpful because, well, I'm looking at a Speck product in this case. Can anyone offer any insight? For the Speck CandyShell Grip users reading this, what are your thoughts? Are you okay with it? Sucks 'cause I'm pretty much set on this case.

    Also, thoughts on Port Plugs? I wanna buy some, just wanna know if anyone here bought any recently or at all. Should I get the silicone or aluminum? Here's some links if you don't know what I'm talking about:




    Can this be moved to the iPhone Accessories subforum? My apologies. Thank you!
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Looking into Prop 65, it looks like a lot of California-based companies place these labels and signs on their products, even if they haven't evaluated the effects of their product or whether the chemicals contained inside are safe or not. There's no penalty for falsely stating that there are potentially carcinogenic chemicals in a product, only for not having the notice and someone finding out later that there is such a chemical present. So, sticking the notices are apparently cheaper than running the actual scientific analysis, so a lot of times it's just done as a CYA measure.

    Also, if we following a cue from Case-Mate's Prop 65 info, you're probably good as long as you don't try to eat the case.

    That said, if the Speck rep was condescending to you, I'd be more bothered by that, and take that as a hint to buy something else. Case-mate at least seems to understand their customers more.
  3. maliu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    If you aren't from California don't worry about it. If you are, move. :)
  4. azhava macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    EVERYTHING causes cancer according to California, so they require (by law) those stickers on anything which contains anything on their "causes cancer" list. It's just a CYA (cover your....butt) legal thing, don't worry about it.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    And yet they allow their entire population to eat from cans that are lined with BPA because the canning industry has lots of money for its lobbies.
  6. dyt1983, Dec 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    I don't know if you are in California, but nearly everything has a Prop 65 warning on it.

    edit: To remove personally identifying info not relevant to the conversation.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its been moved
  8. Rumorest, Jul 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016

    Rumorest macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2016
    I don't think it is accurate that most of these labels are just a precaution. They know whether they are including something that the state considers carcinogenic. Unfortunately, they don't normally list the chemical or material that is causing a Proposition 65 warning, with the warning. I found a luggage industry list of items that had warnings and also the reason it had the warning. There were only two things that I saw in that list. One was lead, and the other was a chemical that I don't remember.

    For some reason lead is added to plastic. It improves its durability or some other quality. I saw someone complain online once that it is illegal to add lead to plastic for things like screwdriver handles if an item is manufactured in the US, but it is legal to import screwdrivers make in China with lead in the handles.

    But there are things about Proposition 65 I don't understand. Such as the fact that Starbucks have a Proposition 65 Warning sign in the store talking about their product containing acrylamide but that I don't see that warning on coffee sold in the supermarket. And it also isn't on other products that contain acrylamide like potato chips. Or in fast food places that sell french fries which also have acrylamide - and sell coffee for that matter.
  9. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    The Prop 65 warning is so widespread, that it's purpose is being undermined. If you go to starbucks, they have prop 65 warnings everywhere.

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