05 Aug '11, 1pm

Under Pressure, Manufacturers Removing Chemicals from Car Seats

Under Pressure, Manufacturers Removing Chemicals from Car Seats

In the last few years, child car seat makers have made a big shift in which chemicals they use in their products, a change brought about by consumer pressure and legislation cracking down on toxics in other goods. HealthyStuff.org tests products like toys, pet goods, handbags and cars, rating them on the presence of lead, PVC, brominated flame retardants and other chemicals connected to health, development and behavioral problems. Since 2008, said HealthyStuff.org research director Jeff Gearhart, the average car seat score has improved 64 percent. And the number of car seats with brominated flame retardants went down 18 percent. The car seats results weren't all good news. Although some car seats contained none of the chemicals HealthyStuff.org looks for, more than 60 percent had at least one chemical in question. A number of factors come into play with company decisions a...

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