Saturday, May 31, 2008

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Toxic?

Most popular 2008 child car seats being tested for toxic chemicals

Vote for Your Choice at by Monday, June 23

Last year the Ecology Center released the first-ever consumer guide to toxic chemicals in cars and child car seats. (You may have read about it here on Black Bear Speaks last year.) This included 62 brand new infant, convertible and booster car seats. In December they released a holiday shopping guide to toxic chemicals in toys at Now, these Ann-Arbor based environmental scientists are testing 2008 models, and they want to hear from YOU. wants to know which child car seats parents are most interested in having tested. Parents can go to the Test My Car Seat feature at and vote by Monday, June 23. Test results of the most popular car seats will be released on Tuesday, July 22nd at along with updated data on toxic chemicals in 2007- and 2008-model vehicles.

While there are numerous substances in car seats that can lead to health and environmental problems, the Ecology Center is looking for those with known toxicity, persistence, and tendency to build up in people and the environment. Chemicals tested for include: bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants); chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and plasticizers); lead; and heavy metal allergens. Such chemicals have been linked to major 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 and inhaling toxic fumes, since their systems are still developing.

Anyone looking to buy a new car or car seat, or wondering if their current car or child’s car seat is safe, can visit after July 22 and search by model, or comparison shop between different models.

1 comment:

Dagny said...

Yikes! Is there anything in the world not contaminated with harmful chemicals! I never would have suspected car seats.

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