Car seats leach chemicals, group finds
By TIMES WIRES
Published May 20, 2007
A Michigan environmental group released a study this week indicating that chemicals such as chlorine, bromine and lead - which have been linked to cancer, as well as liver, thyroid and developmental problems in children and lab animals - could be leaching from seats, endangering the health of young children. Some of the 62 car seat models tested had no chemical problems. But 30 percent of the seats had high levels of the chemicals. Those without any of the chemicals: Graco SnugRide Emerson and EvenFlo Discovery Churchill infant seats. Those with the highest levels: Combi Centre EX Mango and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Toffee infant seats; Britax Marathon Platinum convertible seats; and Graco's TurboBooster Emily and TurboBooster SafeSeat booster seats. Check the rankings at www.healthycar.org.
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