We rely on car seats to keep children safe. Alarmingly, 87% of car seats recently tested by the Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff program contained halogenated flame retardants, including models produced by Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st.
These flame retardant chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, reproductive harm, and obesity. Effects on fetal and child development and on the immune system are particularly concerning. We know that flame retardant chemicals don't always stay bound to the product and thus can be inhaled or ingested by children, or even absorbed through the skin.
We believe every child should have a safe, non-toxic car seat. Thankfully, some companies have already made design changes and material choices that reduce or even eliminate chemical flame retardants from their car seats without any loss in fire safety or crash safety. Please join us in urging companies like Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st to take the car seat challenge and make safe, toxic-free car seats.
Learning Disabilities Association