On December 3, 2018 the Ecology Center 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.
While the evidence of adverse health effects of ortho-phthalate plasticizers has resulted in a prohibition of the use of most phthalates in food contact materials for fatty foods, including dairy, in the EU, U.S. FDA has not imposed any similar restrictions.
Did you know store receipts are a major contributor to your body’s intake of the hormone-disrupting chemicals BPS and BPA? These chemicals are quickly and efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin.
You may have heard about industrial chemicals like bisphenol A making their way into our food supply via can linings--but what about our pets? Not surprisingly, they are vulnerable, too. A recent study, for example, found that BPA in the bloodstream of pet dogs nearly tripled when they switched to canned dog food.
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.
For the first time, because they were required by the State of Maine to report the information, manufacturers of paints and cleaning products available across the country have disclosed their uses of hormone‐disrupting phthalates (THAL‐eights), revealing the use of these chemicals as a fragrance ingredient in these products.
This product list includes the 192 cans that are part of the Report as well as 71 additional cans that were tested.
Search specific cans on our Product Search page. Or you can download the full data set of can lining results.
"Toys, Décor, and More: Evidence of Hazardous Electronic Waste Recycled into New Consumer Products"
Journal of Environmental Protection, 2016, vol. 7, 341-350.
By Gillian Z. Miller, Meghanne E. Tighe, Graham F. Peaslee, Karla Peña, and Jeff Gearhart
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This study on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats was released in June 2015 by the nonprofit Ecology Center at www.HealthyStuff.org. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of seats purchased and tested in 2014 contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and over half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous as well. The study finds that the flame retardant chemicals and alternatives used by companies are poorly regulated, putting consumers at risk, and questions the fire safety benefit of using these chemicals.