This vintage Radio Shack brand phone had the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument:
- Lead (Pb): 1,850 +/- 43 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (Nd)
- Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (Nd)
- Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (Nd)
- Antimony (Sb): 190 +/- 28 ppm
- Barium (Ba): Non-Detect (Nd)
- Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect (Nd)
- Selenium (Se): Non-Detect (Nd)
People often hold on to these phones to give to their children or grandchildren to play with. I definitely do NOT recommend doing that.
With this particular phone the Lead was found in the main yellowish/tan plastic of the phone. With other vintage phones there can be Lead in ALL components, especially the curly cords that young children are highly likely to chew on.
These are not toys and are not safe to use as toys in my opinion.
The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is 90 ppm Lead (or higher) in the paint or coating or 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate (like the base plastic of a toy.) So if this were a newly manufactured item it would not be considered safe for children to use.
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