Leaded Sealing Dots
This is what a Leaded sealing dot looks like (on the bottom of a stainless steel water bottle).
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The image below is what these Leaded sealing dots look like on stainless steel water bottles when covered with the factory paint or another coating — note the tell-tale shape/size/iconic appearance of the this Leaded center sealing “dot”, even when the Lead is completely covered over by a coating.
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Brands of stainless steel bottles that I have found to have Leaded sealing dots:
- Pura Kiki insulated stainless steel bottles for children. This company has said they removed the Lead from their sealing dots, but I have not yet found their products – as available to purchase on Amazon – to be consistently Lead-free. My concern is that even if they have removed the Lead at some point (likely possible about a year ago, if their corporate statements are true), they did not issue a recall on their existing products, so some older inventory is still likely available for purchase online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
- Contigo insulated stainless steel water bottles may have a leaded sealing dot (has a bottom cap design, in which the cap covers the sealing dot, similar to the Pura Kiki construction.) There is no issue with bottles with the “bottom cap” design unless the bottom cap falls off with normal use (as is the problem with the Pura Kiki bottles – as reported to me by my readers.) If the bottom cap does come off, that’s a good time to replace your water bottle!
- Takeya insulated stainless steel water bottles all still have Leaded sealing dots in my experience.
- Corkcicle insulated stainless steel water bottles (all have Leaded sealing dots in my experience – even though this brand specifically is advertised as “Lead-free”!)
- Hydroflask stainless steel water bottles made before 2017. (Their new water bottles have consistently tested Lead-free).
- Thermoflask stainless steel water bottles that I have tested have all had Leaded sealing dots (knock off of Hydroflask.)
Amazon links to the products above are provided (their brand names highlighted in blue), so you can see them “out in the wild” — not because I recommend buying each of these products! The only product brand I recommend for insulated stainless steel water bottles is new, genuine Hydroflask products – as I have confirmed their new products (current / modern available inventory – in stores and online) are consistently Lead-free. Hydroflask is a good company — a company that immediately and proactively responded to my initial findings of Lead in the sealing dots of their older water bottles and took care of the problem (years ago – back in 2014/2015, as soon as I informed them of my findings.)
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Is this a problem?
Why is this a problem?
My main concern is that children (and some adults) may interact with the dimple on the bottom of these bottles – whether out of curiosity, or as a “fidget”. If the sealing dots are fully exposed bare Lead (as with the example in the main picture on this post), that means that the owner/user is touching bare Lead.
Is there any risk that the water inside the bottle can be contaminated by Lead?
The short answer to that question is “No.” This is a serious but localized / exterior potential touching hazard; with any of these bottles, the water or other liquid inside the bottles is NOT exposed to the Lead sealing dot on the outside of the bottle, and thus the contents of the bottle are not Lead-contaminated.] For the bottles that have a painted coating (or sticker or other seal covering the Lead dot) – I have noticed that those seals consistently come off in most brands and so a hazard may not be present at the time of purchase but can become an issue later with normal use and wear of the bottle (use as intended.)
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.