Could Baby’s Car Seat Be Toxic?
Your baby’s car seat is supposed to keep him safe and secure, but research by nonprofit environmental group Ecology Center suggests that a lot of them contain harmful chemicals. The group studied over 150 infant car seats on the market this year and tested them for bromine, chlorine, lead, heavy metals and allergens -- chemicals that can lead to allergies, birth defects, cancer and impaired learning. The results? A whopping 60 percent of them contained at least one chemical that could become toxic. (How it happens: Over time, UV rays and heat can break down the chemicals in the car seats, increasing the levels of toxicity.) Now don’t freak out. This doesn’t mean you should stop using a car seat altogether. Researchers maintain that car seats do save lives, but it’s important to be educated on which ones are safer than others. For a full list of car seat rankings, visit HealthyStuff.org.
What do you think of these findings? Are you freaked out about the chemicals that could be lurking in your baby’s car seat?
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