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sweetbaby82 posted:
This report got me thinking and a little worried. I bought what I thought was a safe seat for my son and it comes to find out that it has a "high" level of bromide. This article provides a useful link to the results of most car seats.
Baby Boy born 9/8/10! 4 pounds 13 ounces
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mamas0407 responded:
I don't understand what's the point of putting these chemicals in a baby's carseat. My daughter had the strap in her mouth yesterday when I took her out the car. That's dangerous. I am so concerned and worried about his study for all babies. You do the best you can to protect your children, but look at what we're up against.
 
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Thanks for posting this information, sweetbaby!

Here is the WebMD Flame Retardants, Chemicals Found in Child Car Seats news article for more information. While we are not sure of the actual harmful effects that these chemicals in car seats may or may not have on our babies/children, will you switch your seat after hearing this news?
 
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phoenix31674 responded:
This is why I also only buy 100% cotton tight fitting PJs for my kids. I don't want PJs soaked in fire retardant. At least big brother has let tight fitting PJs go without these nasty chemicals.
 
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sweetbaby82 replied to phoenix31674's response:
I just bought him a new seat a few months ago and it was $200 so we cant afford another one right now. You would think the more expensive seats would have fewer of these chemicals, but its just not the case. Atleast I know for the future about these reports and will be checking the chemicals as well as safety reports. I know chemicals are in everything nowadays, but if some carseats have very little chemicals then it proves that all seats are capable of this.
Baby Boy born 9/8/10! 4 pounds 13 ounces
 
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fiannakyn replied to sweetbaby82's response:
car seats are mostly plastic or other treated materals. I would assume there are a ton of chemicals in them without any article saying so.

I am at work right now but when I get home I'll have my husband, who is a chemist, look at the article.
Vicky DH (34) In process of becoming licensed foster parents. Lurking for research :)
 
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fiannakyn replied to fiannakyn's response:
Hubby just tore apart the article and has wandered off to try to get the REAL data. He was able to find out what kind of test they used and he literally laughed. they used xray florescent- basically they shined a special light on the seat and if it glowed then they know there was a particular chemical present. There is no way to use that test to determine dangerous levels present. different types of Brominated flame retardant will glow brighter, but is not toxic. and most are not even transferable once applied.

He also wants to make sure you know there are over 70 different types of Brominated flame retardant chemicals, and only a small handful have actually been declared toxic.


If you want to try to remove all Brominated flame retardant from your environment... toss out your computer, tv, furniture, beds, carpets, household appliances, almost anything that has plastic or electronic parts near a heat source.


He did a test on treated lumber for Arsenic for a study once and found that treated lumber that was sealed properly had NO arsenic levels that were transferable, and any that was rated for porch had zero levels, sealed or not. the TV station that paid for the study twisted it and just kept harping that there is arsenic in your wood playground equipment!! even though he found no such thing on the playgrounds he tested.


So unless you find an article that sites an actual scientist, take a grain of salt with the story. I can probably find an article that says the Snug ride 30 is made with all organic materials too. Neither article may even be close to the truth.


*Not saying that there is NO chemicals in the car seats, just that I don't trust an article that even disclaims at the end that their findings can not be used to determine health risk*
Vicky DH (34) In process of becoming licensed foster parents. Lurking for research :)
 
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GermaphobeTeacher responded:
I agree that this "study" should be taken with a grain of salt. The more I read about it, the more I am annoyed that the media has blown it all out of proportion. It's not even a real scientific study. It was not published in any sort of scientific journal. Basically, the "study" is worthless. Here are some links to some more opinions on the study that I found helpful and interesting:

http://thecarseatlady.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/chemicals/

http://carseatblog.com/
 
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to fiannakyn's response:
Wow! Go hubby! and thanks for sharing all of this interesting information.

Now, I'm curious about hubby's thoughts on the flame retardant PJs! Fill us in!
 
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fiannakyn replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
I will set him looking about the PJs.

he actually sent an email to one of the chemisty professors at his old school asking about a study on toxic transferance on car seats and other treated children's equipment. (Toxic transferance is what you DO need to worry about- what gets rubbed off onto the baby's skin etc) so maybe we'll have better info soon
Vicky DH (34) In process of becoming licensed foster parents. Lurking for research :)


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