Report: Consumer ProtectionHealthy Kids, Healthy Maryland

Hidden Hazards

Released by: Maryland PIRG Foundation and Ecology Center

The Ecology Center's has released test results and product ratings in their 2018 report, Hidden Hazards: Flame Retardants & PFAS in Children's Car Seats. Testing and rating child car seats periodically since 2006, the Ecology Center has been tracking changes in hazardous chemical additives of popular car seat brands. Additionally, the authors of this report collaborated with researchers from Indiana University to publish detailed analytical results in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, including the first-ever report in the scientific literature of the presence of a new flame retardant chemical in products in North America. 

Important note: Child car seats are mandatory safety devices that save lives. Regardless of any chemical concerns, parents should always properly install and use a children’s car seat.



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