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Old 08-03-2011, 11:46 AM   #1
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Toxic chemical in carseats

Heard about this on NPR today - so many toxic chemicals in car seats, and probably sitting in a hot car lets them leach even more. Makes me not love my Britax Roundabout 55 so much anymore - seems like Britax gets pretty bad marks in this study. Ugh.

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Pretty much every car seat has flame retardant chemicals though, so they are all "toxic" on some level I suppose. I think Orbit Baby is one of the companies that offers "natural" cover options.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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One more reason to not carry around a baby in a bucket seat I suppose. Otherwise, I don't think there's any real way around it other than limiting unnecessary time in the car.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:54 AM   #4
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Re: Toxic chemical in carseats

Yeah, I wonder if it is just the covers, though? Some Britax models had lead in the buckles even!? A lot of the Graco models did much better than the Britax, which kind of surprised me.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Re: Toxic chemical in carseats

True, no way around it. I guess I could be less lazy about actually pulling my car into the garage where it is cooler/shady rather than sometimes parking in the driveway - I don't know if that would make a difference. And I may consult the list when I go to buy a new car seat.
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It's not just the covers, if you read the reports on the individual seats some have lead in the seat and in the clip.
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wtf why can't we just get away from the chemicals
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I commented on the FB post that Today made about keeping kids RFing to the max, and some lady keeps pointing out that my kid will have a broken leg in an accident, even though I keep pointing out that hers could have BROKEN NECKS. She keeps bring the the legs though! How can you even compare the two?!
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Re: Toxic chemical in carseats

This is a must-read on the subject:
http://carseatblog.com/11035/is-your...ic-dont-panic/
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To me it is a "lesser of two evils" situation. When my kids are in their seats, the buckles aren't even able to touch them, let alone go in their mouths. Is lead absorbed through touch? I'd rather keep them safe from thousands of lbs of speeding vehicles on the roadway than obsess over chemicals. not using a car seat as a stand against chemicals is cutting off your nose to spite your face.
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