Toxic Chemicals Found in 75 Percent of Car Seats
Harmful Chemicals Found in Car Seats
Healthystuff.org tested 15 vehicles for the presence of halogenated flame-retardants and nonhalogenated organophosphate flame-retardants. Although they protect the child from catching on fire in a car crash, these chemicals can be extremely harmful to health.
Experts tested 2014-model car seats for arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine, and other metals. Researchers have concluded that all of these car seats have at least some traces of the harmful chemicals.
The two chemicals present in the car seats that stand out the most are chlorine and bromine. These chemicals are used as flame-retardants. They have adverse health effects that can remain in the body for a long time. These chemicals are activated through exposure to UV rays and heat.
The substances found in the car seats can induce thyroid problems, cancer, reduced fertility, behavioral problems, memory loss and impaired learning.
Next Step to Car Seat Safety
Research director, Jeff Gearhart, from the Ecology Center informs consumers, “Car seats save lives. It's absolutely essential that parents put their children in them while driving, regardless of the rating a particular seat received at HealthyStuff.org.”
Gearhart went on to claim that their research facility has discovered certain brands of car seats have higher levels of harmful chemicals than others.
The study found that the top-rated car seat companies with the least amount of harmful chemicals are Britax and Clek. The best models of Britax are the 2014-2015 Marathon Convertible and Frontier car seats. Clek’s safest model is the Foonf convertible car seat.
The worst-rated brands with the most dangerous traces of toxins are Graco’s My Size 65 convertible car seat and Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1. Healthystuff.org is currently petitioning to stop Graco from using toxic flame retardants in their car seats for children.
Brands Tested in This Study
- Orbit Baby
- Eddie Bauer
- Peg Perego
- Safety First
- Harmony Juvenile
- Baby Trend