Businesses have to comply with all sorts of disclosure requirements, none more onerous than those required by The Moonbean State, aka California. Any product that contains any substance that might possibly maybe under some circumstances be hazardous requires a disclosure. This is the one for motor vehicles:
WARNING: Motor vehicles contain fuel, oils and fluids, battery posts, terminals and related accessories which contain lead and lead compounds and other chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. These chemicals are found in vehicles, vehicle parts and accessories, both new and as replacements. When being serviced, these vehicles generate used oil, waste fluids, grease, fumes and particulates, all known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm.
What would we do if the State of California weren't there to tell us that motor vehicles contain oil and other stinky stuff that might be hazardous? Oh thank you Governor Brown, thank you!
OK you say, that's not so bad. Vehicles are big dangerous things and what's wrong with a few disclosures? But California requires it on all sorts of products. According to Amazon, this is the required warning for electrical cords:
WARNING: The wires of this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
Ridiculous, but what's the harm? It's a trap that allows California "consumer" activists to blackmail unwitting businesses that violate these requirements, even unintentionally. These warnings do nothing to protect consumers and do everything to promote the growth of the nanny state and line the pockets of class action attorneys.