Study Finds Children's Car Seats Still Contain Dangerous Chemicals

Many children’s car seats sold in the U.S. still contain hazardous chemicals, according to a new study.

In the 2016 study, the non-profit group The Ecology Center tested 15 car seats from a variety of popular brands.

The findings shows that despite manufacturers improving their practices in the recent years, flame retardants were found in all 15 car seats. And, for the first time were found to be in widespread use in the fabrics, according to the study.

Car seats tested in the study include:

  • BabyTrend
  • Britax
  • Chicco
  • Clek
  • CoscoDiono
  • Evenflo
  • Graco (two models, one from the UK)
  • Joie (from the UK)
  • Maxi-Cosi
  • Nuna
  • Orbit
  • Recaro
  • Safety 1st

Flame retardants chemicals include materials known to cause cancer, disrupt hormone functioning, and harm child development.

Most manufacturers have stopped using some flame retardants with known hazards, according to the Ecology Center’s report, but the effects of the many of the substitutes are still unknown.

For more on the study, and "healthier" car sear recommendations, see the full study here.

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