Toxic Chemicals Found in Half of Kids' Car Seats

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More than half of children’s car seats sold in the United States contain toxic chemicals, a new study from the Ecology Center says.

The non-profit group found that 60 percent of the 150 car seats tested contained chemicals that can be harmful to human health, AFP reported. Some of these chemicals include bromine and chlorine, which can indicate the presence of polyvinyl chlorate (PVC).

PVC, which serves as a flame retardant, can permanently affect developing brains, studies on lab animals have shown. It is also classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration as a known human carcinogen. According to AFP, when PVC is burned or dumped in landfills, it releases highly toxic dioxins into the air and water.

The presence of chemicals is especially concerning because infants and young toddlers are often the most at risk for the harmful side effects of toxins.

“Babies are the most vulnerable population in terms of exposure since their bodily systems are still developing and they spend many hours in their car seats,” the Ecology Center said in a statement.

Concerned parents can look at the group’s website for a list of the best and worst car seats in terms of the chemicals found in them, AFP said. The list is located at HealthStuff.org.

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