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Old 08-03-2011, 03:26 PM   #11
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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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I think the toxicity report does a good job of placing emphasis on the importance of using car seats no matter what their toxicity rating.
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I think the toxicity report does a good job of placing emphasis on the importance of using car seats no matter what their toxicity rating.
That's good to hear, because um I didn't click the link yet.
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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.
Oh, agreed. I don't think anyone is talking about not using a car seat. It just seems like if some car seats are relatively non-toxic, then why are many of them made with lead/bromide/chlorine?
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Oh, agreed. I don't think anyone is talking about not using a car seat. It just seems like if some car seats are relatively non-toxic, then why are many of them made with lead/bromide/chlorine?
Most likely because it's the cheapest way for the companies that manufacture them to meet safety standards.

For the record, this is the same stuff that's in children's sleepwear.
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For the record, this is the same stuff that's in children's sleepwear.
Which is exactly why I avoid flame retardant pajamas. I don't want my children sleeping in toxic clothing.
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Oh, agreed. I don't think anyone is talking about not using a car seat. It just seems like if some car seats are relatively non-toxic, then why are many of them made with lead/bromide/chlorine?
I get that. I'm just sure that news stories like that will be the perfect excuse for people to give about not using a seat.
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Re: Toxic chemical in carseats

Does anyone know if these type of chemicals will off-gas in time? We bought our carseat for our new baby about six months ago and it's been sitting in the garage this whole time, so I'm hoping that might have released some of the fire retardant chemicals.

I guess I could also wash the cover, if that helps.
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I know its recommended that you wash flame retardent jammies with vinegar, but I'm not sure I'd do that with a car seat cover. Not to mention, burning is in my top 3 fears, so I'd actually like the flame resistant properties myself.

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