What is Prop 65 in California?

I've noticed that many car fluids have a warning label that says Prop 65. It warns that these fluids contain compounds that have been known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. What does Prop 65 mean?

“Proposition 65 is a California law passed in 1986 that requires certain products to contain warning labels that the product may cause cancer or reproductive harm.
In the case of car maintenance fluids, many of these substances contain lead or lead components, which have been known to cause cancer.
However, the warning label hasn’t caught on in any other state, and many critics state that it costs California-based businesses millions in added labeling and lost sales.
If you’re around any of these substances, safety is essential. Always wear protective equipment, and if you need to do repairs on your car, take it to a shop or use your used car warranty so you don’t have to pay a ton of money out of pocket. By doing so, you can limit your exposure to carcinogenic substances as described by Prop 65.
Your insurance usually won’t cover car repairs and maintenance if unrelated to an accident, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t review your policy. Since you’re concerned with the effects of your car’s fluids on your health, it might be worth adding MedPay to your insurance policy.
If you want help reviewing your policy to ensure you’re getting the best rates, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top companies and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 27, 2021
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