It is difficult to read the newspaper these days without seeing an article about the recent rash of recalls involving products made in China that contain lead. First came the recall of 500,000 pieces of children’s plastic jewelry that contained unsafe amounts of lead, next came the recall of 1.5 million Thomas & Friends™ toy trains and sets coated with lead paint then, most recently, the recall of 300,000 Mattel toys which was later expanded to include 253,000 more toys also made with lead paint.
These recalls should make consumers carefully consider the safety of the products they purchase, including their vinyl fences. In countries outside of the United States, it is not uncommon for lead to be used as a stabiliser in PVC compounds because it is cheaper and easier to process than the high-quality, safe alternatives. There is currently no federal law in the United States that prohibits producing or selling vinyl products, which contain lead. It is up to the manufacturers of vinyl products to police themselves and follow ethical business practices to keep lead out of their products. Nebraska Plastics, the manufacturer of Country Estate vinyl fence, deck and railing, feels that consumers should not have to worry about harmful lead hidden in PVC products and is proud to be able to state that they never have and never will use lead as a stabiliser in their vinyl products.