The State of California Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – Warnings Required
Why is MTI Life Jackets issuing a Prop 65 Warning?
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Businesses (doing business in California) are required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. MTI has contacted our UL/USCG approved manufacturing partners to inform them of the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. They are the sole source of providing information about the chemicals used when producing our products. MTI Life Jackets is voluntarily including this consumer warning on all products to be sold in California and/or online out of an abundance of caution and consumer advocacy.
All MTI Life Jackets are tested to meet strict United States Coast Guard safety requirements. We choose to provide consumers with as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions about the products they buy and use. Starting with all products produced after August 30th, 2018, MTI will display the above warning at the point of sale referring to carcinogens and birth defects. If you live or visit California, you may also see warnings related to carcinogenic substances or substances causing birth defects prominently displayed in hotel lobbies, hospitals, or other places of business.
We care about your safety and clean water. We will continue to review the chemicals used in our products, both the materials and in the finishes, and will revise or remove warnings as necessary. While the dangers of exposure to listed chemicals may be real, those risks seem small compared to the risk of drowning. The best choice you can make for your on-water safety is to wear your life jacket.
To learn more about California Proposition 65 in plain language go to: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/general-info/proposition-65-plain-language