STUDY – Hazardous Chemicals Found in Popular Child Car Seats

Lots of toxic chemicals in children's car seats Report proves

On Thursday, June 4th, the nonprofit Ecology Center will be releasing its fifth report on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats at Research shows that many of these products are made with dangerous chemicals that may pose serious health risks for children.

The report is the fifth in a series of studies looking at chemical hazards in children’s car seats. Since 2006, the Ecology Center has tested over 370 children’s car seats and provided recommendations to parents and manufacturers. Anyone looking to buy a new car seat can consult these rankings for guidance on selecting a car seat with fewer chemical hazards. We encourage everyone to always properly install and use a car seat.

Chemicals tested for include: a variety of hazardous chemicals used as flame retardants, bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants), chlorine (indicating the presence of chlorinated flame retardants when detected in a certain range of concentration), and heavy metals. Such chemicals have been linked to health problems such as liver, thyroid and developmental problems in children. Babies are the most vulnerable population in terms of exposure to chemical-laden dust particles, since their systems are still developing.

The Ecology Center tested 15 infant, convertible and booster car seats and found that while most seats still contain dangerous chemicals, some companies have taken big steps towards reducing chemical hazards.

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