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iPhone Toxicity Allegations

NOON -- Just how many legal issues can one phone attract? Plenty apparently if it's the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone.

Now California's Center for Environmental Health has filed legal notice of a potential lawsuit against the computer maker because of toxic compounds that are said to be contained in the device. The CEH is basing the notice on a Greenpeace report saying that the device contains Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Apple says that it will discontinue the use of such chemicals by the end of 2008.

The Californian complaint asks that Apple label the device or discontinue the use of the compounds. Apple has 60 days to respond before the CEH can file a lawsuit.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 3:00:24 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations Strange - did Apple NOT assure that a device brought to the market in 2007 is compliant with such directives as RoHS?

Don't they risk to not even be allowed to sell it in EU where RoHS is a legal requirement for electronic products since 2006 - or is there any strange exception?
wavefront 12/5/2012 | 3:00:23 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations ROHS is commonly associated with restrictions on the use of lead in electronic equipment, but also includes restrictions on the use of:

Mercury
Cadmium
Hexavalent chromium (chromium xxx or Cr6+)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:00:23 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations ROHs refers to lead-free solder no? This is in regards to other materials as far as I understand it.

DJ
El Rupester 12/5/2012 | 3:00:23 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations That is really pretty stupid.

If the report is true (and Apple's "we will comply by end 2008" suggests that it is) then they will have to make the changes if they want to sell it in Europe.

Probably not a huge deal, but it will deplay them and it is a totally unecessary thing. Surely by now everyone in manufacturing knows about ROHS...
AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 2:59:48 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations Well, Apple has the typical bold take on this in basically stating "we did (well, almost all of) RoHS and even more, and even long ago", see http://www.apple.com/environme...

Whereas others have other feedback to make, like this chemistry site, including citing products that are claimed to have been pulled from the market for not meeting the very same respective environmental legislation http://environmentalchemistry....

This suggests it's anyones own guess and the truth lies somewhere inbetween...
joset01 12/5/2012 | 2:59:47 PM
re: iPhone Toxicity Allegations FYI the Unstrung Team has been checking this out. Here's what O2 told Michelle D:

The word from the O2 press office is that yes, the iPhone complies with ROHs. O2 has discussed this with Apple and Apple insists that the iPhone is fully compliant.

I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't have sorted this out before selling in the EU. But then I suppose that Apple is the company that hadn't sorted out the copyright issue over the "iPhone" name with Cisco.

DJ

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