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In this study, we analyzed flame retardants and other chemicals in fifteen infant and toddler car seats purchased in 2016, including two from the United Kingdom. The brands are BabyTrend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Cosco, Diono, Evenflo, Graco (two models), Joie, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Orbit, Recaro, and Safety 1st. The seats represent a broad price range and about half were brands also tested by our team in 2014.

One company has answered our longtime call.  Uppababy unveiled a new seat for 2017 specially designed to contain no added FRs. To our knowledge, the MESA Henry will be the first flame retardant-free car seat on the market, and its story and test results are included as a sidebar in this report.


Selected earlier reports


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A number of US regulatory agencies are charged with addressing dangerous consumer products. In general, chemical hazards in consumer products are poorly regulated and outside a few examples (toys & some children's products) consumers are largely left unprotected.  HealthyStuff still encourages consumers to report products related chemical hazards to the appropriate agency.

General Consumer Products:  US Consumer Product Safety Commission Unsafe Product Report

Vehicles and Car Seats: is the NHTSA site where you can identify and report problems you might be having with your vehicle, tires, equipment or car seats.

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Updated in January 2012, this report released by The Ecology Center contains information on lead wheel weight use and fate in the environment, and provides model legislation to implement phase-outs. Alternative assessment report on lead wheel weights
The Ecology Center has tested child car seats periodically for ten years, tracking changes in chemical addtives. Car seats are a required product in which babies and children typically spend hours per day. The flame retardant (FR) chemicals historically used in car seats are known to include carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and developmental toxicants. Exposure occurs through contamination of air and dust.
In 2016, we tested 32 hoses from Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Meijer, Target, and Walmart.  Individual product results are below. Click on a product for details from XRF and FTIR analyses. Download the complete report here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.

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