Chemicals Found in Car Seats May Harm Children
Last Updated: May 20, 2007
A recent study performed by the Ecology Center, based in Michigan, shows that car seats may expose children to
toxic chemicals added during the production process. The chemicals include bromine, chlorine, and lead which
can be associated with developmental disorders, learning impairment, liver disease, cancer, as well as other
allergic type diseases.
Many of the chemicals in car seats are not chemically bound to the plastic and are consequently released into the
environment during the life of the product. Heat and UV ray exposure can accelerate this process, and may also
cause chemicals to break down into even more toxic compounds. We recommend keeping the vehicle and car seat out
of direct sunlight whenever possible. Also, keeping the window ajar when travelling can help remove the toxic
gases from the vehicle.
You should limit the amount of time your child spends in a car seat - use only in the vehicle, not to transport
your child outside of the vehicle. Even though harmful chemicals may be present, a car seat should always
be used when travelling in the car.
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