Lawsuit to iPhones: You're Toxic

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2007 10:09 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A California environmental group has announced it's filing a lawsuit against Apple's popular iPhone, demanding the company eliminate "dangerous" toxic chemicals from the gadgets or include a warning label on the product as required by state law. At issue are phthalates, suspected of causing birth defects, that are used to make iPhone cables more flexible.

"There is no reason to have these chemicals in iPhones," said a spokesman for California's Center for Environmental Health. The phones have also tested positive for lead, chromium, chlorine linked to PVC, and bromine and antimony, which are used in flame retardants. Apple, headquartered in California, has promised that both PVC and flame retardants would be banned from all new products by the end of next year.