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Toxic Chemicals in Your Child’s Car Seat

Friday, June 19, 2015

 

Originally published on Healthy Child Healthy World by Megan Boyle.

Parents do a lot of research before they buy a car seat.

They want to know, how does the seat perform in crash tests? What’s its safety record? How will it protect my child in case of collision?

They can usually find plenty of answers to these questions. But they may know far less about the potentially toxic chemicals in the seat itself.

A new report issued by the Ecology Center sheds some light on this important topic in car seat safety. The Michigan-based nonprofit, which has tested 377 car seats since 2006, recently screened 15 car seats sold under 12 brands last year.

Every single seat was found to contain some amount of fire retardant chemicals and 73 percent of them contained halogenated fire retardants, which are especially toxic.

The study ranked Britax and Clek as the best car seats for chemical hazards and Graco, the worst. Visit healthystuff.org to see the full results of the study and how individual car seats ranked.

For your child’s safety and protection, make sure you use a car seat and install it properly, regardless of the chemicals it may contain.

Manufacturers add chemical fire retardants to the material inside motor vehicles to prevent car fires, particularly those caused by cigarettes or matches. But kids’ car seats? Children inhale, touch and—after sticking little hands in little mouths— consume these chemicals.

Read the full story here.

 

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