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Info. for Model No. MP-CD450 indicates a "Warning: Handling the

Cords on this product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." This was NOT printed on the exterior of the product, but was inserted in small print as a last item after the SPECIFICATIONS in the instructions manual. When mentioned to store manager, the claim was it was "just for California" which obviously makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I like the product except for this major concern and there was no move to reimburse me. Any ideas to resolve would be greatly appreciated.


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  • shirleymsh Apr 16, 2009

    What a relief!!! Now I can continue to enjoy my music without fear of exposure to a harmful substance. Thanks ever soooooo much!



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Hi there. The majority of electrical apparatus use cords that contain a small quantity of lead.
This metal is dangerous if ingested, and should not be a main concerned if handled, providing that you wash your hands afterward.

I quote what American Cancer Society says:

Many electrical wires and cables have small amounts of lead in their outside insulation (surface covering), which can rub off on the hands of people who touch the wires. People can be exposed to lead by ingesting it, so if they eat or put their hands in their mouths without washing up after handling these wires, they can take in small amounts of lead. The bigger hazard is likely to be to toddlers and babies who put wires in their mouths. Since they crawl around on the floor, it can be challenging to keep them away from wires. How can I avoid exposure (and protect children in the house)?

  • The most important point to avoid exposure is to wash your hands after handling the electrical cords to avoid swallowing any lead that rubs off onto them.
  • Don't eat or feed children while handling lead-containing cords or stringing holiday lights.
  • Since small children are more likely to put cords, fingers, and other objects in their mouths, keep lead-containing wires out of their reach.
  • Children are more affected by lead (see ACS document, Lead), and should always have their hands washed before handling food and eating.

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