Toxins in Car Seats: Research Group Ranks the Best & Worst
After a newِ baby arrives, oneِ ofِ the firstِ products a parent usesِ isِ the car seat toِ takeِ them home fromِ the hospital.
But whileِ theِ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration providesِ information onِ howِ car seats perform inِ crashes, oneِ consumer research group isِ aiming toِ provide parents information aboutِ the chemicals — primarily thoseِ inِ flame retardants — thatِ mayِ beِ contained inِ the seat material.
Rather, parents mayِ want toِ use theِ ratings whenِ purchasing a newِ seat whenِ theirِ child grows, Gearhart said.
The best and the worst
Here’s how the top five car seats fared in the study:
And the bottom three car seats (beginning with the worst) in the study:
[See the results of all seats tested.]
Gearhart saidِ the experience ofِ testing a multitude ofِ consumer products hasِ led himِ to observe thatِ manyِ of theِ chemicals ofِ concern areِ found inِ a number ofِ products.
Related: Top 5 Ways toِ Reduce Toxins inِ Homes] The important thingsِ forِ folks toِ understand, inِ terms ofِ exposure, isِ we haveِ this wide range ofِ consumer products thatِ areِ going toِ haveِ these chemicals inِ them, heِ said.
But weِ wantِ folks toِ realize youِ needِ to takeِ practical steps whereِ you can, andِ you can’tِ eliminate allِ of theseِ hazards inِ one fell swoop.
Flame retardant dangers
As thisِ isِ the fourth year theِ group hasِ tested car seats, Gearhart saidِ that oneِ encouraging sign hasِ beenِ that scores onِ the seats haveِ gottenِ better.
For example, he said, flame retardants containing bromine have dropped by 18 percent.
Eliminating flame retardants isِ anِ important step toِ take, saidِ Arlene Blum, a visiting scholar inِ the chemistry department atِ the University ofِ California, Berkeley, andِ executive director ofِ the Green Science Policy Institute.
Blum wasِ notِ involved inِ the newِ review ofِ car seats.
The problem isِ the children areِ being exposed toِ flame retardant chemicals thatِ inِ this usage doِ not provide a fire safety benefit, Blum said, explaining thatِ while theِ bromine flame retardants work, theyِ will notِ work properly if, forِ example, theyِ areِ in theِ car seat butِ not inِ its fabric, whichِ catches onِ fire first.
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