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Kenmore dishwasher California Proposition 65 warning

We were considering the purchase of a new Kenmore diswasher (model #15693) until we read in the owner's manual and discovered the California Proposition 65 warning. This states that the product contains one or more chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Since this is a dishwasher, and my family (including infant!) will be eating and drinking off of dishes and bottles in this dishwasher, I would like to know what these chemicals are and where they are located on the product.

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Lyle W
Hello Robyn. The above information came directly from Whirlpool. They will not provide specific information on the exact substances that are used in the manufacture of that dishwasher which require the Proposition 65 warning. They indicated that the solder on the electronic control circuit board is one substance that normally contains some lead. The risk of exposure to the dishes being washed in the tub is essentially impossible due to that solder on the electronic circuit control board in the console. Whirlpool indicates that although that Proposition 65 warning is required, it does not affect the safety of the dishwasher. There is no unsafe exposure to any harmful substance in the dishwasher tub or the areas that are accessible to the user. That is the most specific information that we can obtain from the manufacturer regarding the Proposition 65 substances.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
January 28th, 2013
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Lyle W
Hello Robyn. The plastics that are used in the tub and other components have been tested by UL -- Underwriters Laboratories and they are safe. The manufacturer acknowledges that there are substances used in the manufacture of that dishwasher that are covered by the California Proposition 65 Warning but those substances do not affect the safety of the dishwasher. The solder that is used on the circuit control board of the dishwasher is inside the dishwasher door panel. The electronic control circuit board is Key 8 in parts image below. That solder does not contain unsafe levels of harmful substances and there is no danger of exposure to any harmful substance during the normal use of this dishwasher. I hope that this additional information helps. If you have further questions let us know.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
January 25th, 2013
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Eileen Glasser
Hi. I was wondering if Robyn ever received any additional information on this subject? Luckily, she noticed the warning in the manual BEFORE purchasing this dishwasher. I recently purchased this dishwasher, and read the warning in the manual AFTER my dishwasher was installed. I am very concerned about chemicals that may be harmful to my family, and would like to hear the response to the last question asked above by Robyn. Thank you!
by Eileen Glasser
October 2nd
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I would like to know specifically what and where these are located on the dishwasher... I know that when PVC is heated (such would be the case in a dishwahser), it leaches harmful chemicals. Is there a way to get in touch with someone at Whirlpool that can tell me the specifcs of this information?
by Manage My Life
January 27th, 2013
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Manage My Life
Thank you for the prompt response. I have tried contacting the company and it seems odd that nobody can tell me what these chemicals are and where they are located.
by Manage My Life
January 24th, 2013
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Good morning.... As far as I know, California is one of just a couple of states that require this type of label. There are no dangers in using your dishwasher. I will forward your question to an expert who will investigate the matter further and get back to you.
You will hear from them within two business days if not sooner.
Until you hear from us, have a nice day
by Manage My Life
January 24th, 2013
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