Filed: February 1, 2024 with the following images attached
(continue reading below the images for the full violation report).
A note to LeadSafeMama.com readers and community members:
If you have experienced this issue (the Lead-containing component of your insulated Stainless Steel Stanley-brand water bottle/ cup/ tumbler becoming exposed with the failure of the seal on the bottom of the product), and if that product was sold as an item intended for use by children, please report the failure of your product (the exposure of Lead in the substrate caused by the failure of the bottom disc when the product was used as intended) to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission on the following link: https://www.saferproducts.gov/IncidentReporting.
In your report, to dispel the false assertions made by Stanley (their public statements that the stainless steel bottom discs only fall off of these products with heavy use or with abuse or damage), please include the date you purchased your product alongside the known (or approximate) date that the bottom disc fell off and the product began exposing your child to Lead. Thank you.
Please feel free to use any of the language Lead Safe Mama, LLC has drafted (in our report below). The more reports the CPSC receives about this safety violation, the more likely they will be to quickly take action in the matter.
Thank you for supporting this work in this way.
Thank you for being part of the movement for consumer goods safety and childhood Lead poisoning prevention.
Body of Lead Safe Mama, LLC’s CPSC violation report for the Stanley Tumbler products with minor edits for clarification:
I am a…
Public safety entity.
Step 1.) What Happened?
Lead Safe Mama, LLC is an advocacy organization for Consumer Goods Safety and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. Our website is LeadSafeMama.com. We had approximately 2.5 million readers in 2023. Our readers and community members (around the world) report potential product issues (primarily related to concerns for Lead exposure) that they encounter. We follow up on these issues to determine if the product(s) in question are safe — or if they are a violation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
As you may have seen in the news cycle this past week, following up on our discovery of unsafe levels of Lead in the insulated Stainless Steel products made by Cupkin ([first reported on by Lead Safe Mama, LLC in January of 2023] which the CPSC subsequently recalled in July of 2023), and following up on our discovery of unsafe levels of Lead in the Green Sprouts insulated Stainless Steel baby bottle products (which the CPSC subsequently recalled in November of 2022) we were sent Stanley Tumbler products to test for Lead. While many of these products are being used by children, the specific products that we evaluated in 2023 (as far as we were aware at the time) were sold for use by adults.
We have (since March of 2023) determined that Stanley also sells products marketed for use by children (see attached images), products which have the same unsafe levels of Lead (and same failure mode/ Lead-exposure pathway) as the Stanley products made for use by adults. The Lead found in these children’s products is in an area that becomes exposed with normal use of the product as intended. Specifically, Lead Safe Mama, LLC community members have reported the stainless “discs” (which are glued on over a 40-60% Lead sealing dot) falling off of the bottom of their Stanley products (products intended and sold for use by children) within two weeks of purchase (to up to 6 months after purchase).
Using XRF technology (a Niton XL3T, the same instrument historically used by the CPSC for screening consumer goods), Lead Safe Mama, LLC determined that the Lead solder used in these children’s products is in the range of 400,000 ppm Lead (possibly as high as 600,000 ppm Lead) — an amount which is far in excess of the CPSCIA’s limit of 100 ppm Lead for the substrate of any item intended (and marketed and sold) for use by children.
No known injuries have occurred yet — but given the ubiquitous nature of these highly Lead-contaminated products, the potential for injury (via Lead exposure of children) is high.
Step 2. Tell Us About The Product
1.) Describe the product
We are specifically aware of the Stanley brand product “The Wild Imagination Iceflow Flip Straw Tumbler” in all colors and sizes having an unsafe level of Lead (in the bottom seal that creates the vacuum of the product) that becomes exposed with normal use as intended, when used by children. We have not evaluated other children’s products manufactured and sold by Stanley (for the presence of Lead), but we anticipate that all of their insulated stainless steel products made for children have the same defect and all of these products should therefore be recalled.
We also request that the CPSC evaluate Stanley’s sales practices related to their products sold for use by adults. The 40 oz Stanley Tumbler Quencher products (manufactured for use by adults) are being used by children across the United States (and beyond) because there is no warning at all (to our knowledge) that they are only designed to be used by adults. Should Stanley continue to manufacture Lead-contaminated products for use by adults, we request that the CPSC mandate that these products have a warning notation on the product (printed on the base/ bottom of the product where they currently have the words “Ethically Manufactured” printed) and on the packaging, clearly indicating that these products are not intended for use by children as they contain unsafe levels of Lead.
2. Brand Name
3. Manfacturer/ Importer
Stanley/ Stanley 1913/ Stanley PMI
4. Please provide Model Name or Number
All insulated stainless children’s products
Questions 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
10. Upload Photos
See 11 photos uploaded at top of this page.
“Congratulations! You have successfully submitted a report 20240201-37B01-2147341333 to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”