Here is a piece of interesting news to all parents in the United States. The latest medical study has shown that more than half children’s car seats sold in the United States contain hazardous chemicals. According to reports, sixty percent of 150 car seats examined by the Michigan-based Ecology center were discovered to have contained chemicals such as bromine and chlorine, which points to the presence of polyvinyl chlorate (PVC).
The health experts said these chemicals can be harmful to humans especially to children. The experts revealed based on lab animal results, they discovered that bromine-containing flame retardants can permanently affect the developing brain, while PVC has been classified by the US Environmental Protection Administration as a known human carcinogen. It is said that when PVC is burned or dumped in landfills, dioxins highly toxic chemicals that build up in the food chain and can cause cancer, as well as harm the immune and reproductive systems — are released into the air and water.
“Heat and UV-ray exposure in cars can accelerate the breakdown of these chemicals and possibly increase their toxicity,” the Ecology Center said. “Babies are the most vulnerable population in terms of exposure, since their bodily systems are still developing and they spend many hours in their car seats,” the Ecology center added in a statement.
The researchers revealed the levels of bromine is varied between different models of the same make of car seat, with the source usually being a flame retardant used in the upholstery or cushioning. According to them the least toxic infant seats were Italian brand Chicco’s KeyFit 30 in the Limonata color scheme, Graco Snugride 35 in Laguna Bay and Combi Shuttle 33 in Cranberry Noche.
Moreover, it was learned that two Graco infant seats with different upholstery — the Snugride 35 i n Edgemont Red/Black and Snugride 30 in Asprey were considered among the most toxic. It is said that with its x-ray fluorescence machine, which identifies the make-up of materials in less than 60 seconds, the Ecology Center has conducted more than 20,000 tests for toxic chemicals on some 7,000 consumer products since 1997.
With this report, parent should now be very careful in buying car seats for their children.