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Dangers of toxic contaminants in car seats!

posted May 21, 2017, 4:54 PM by Judi Munday

Hi Judith,

Parents rely on car seats to keep kids safe every day—on the way to daycare, school or the grocery store. But many car seats aren't as safe as they could be. In a recent study, 87% of car seats tested contained flame retardants. Car seats produced by Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st all tested positive for these toxic chemicals.

Flame retardants, specifically halogenated flame retardants, have been linked to an array of negative health effects, including hormone disruption, reproductive harm, and obesity. These chemicals migrate into dust where children can inhale or ingest them, or even absorb them through their skin. Think about how much time kids can spend in their car seats each day! 

Some companies have already made design changes and material choices that reduce or even eliminate toxic flame retardants from their car seats without any loss in fire safety or crash safety. That's why we've teamed up with the Ecology Centerand other groups to launch the Car Seat Detox Challenge.


Beth Kemler, Mobilization Director
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works with supporters like you to fight toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces, and products we use every day.