Kids' car seat tests reveal chemicals
August 3rd, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Kids' car seat tests reveal chemicals

More than half of 2011 model children’s car seats contain one or more potentially hazardous chemicals, but the seats fared far better than previous years, healthystuff.org found.

Healthystuff.org, a project of the environmental non-profit The Ecology Center, found “chemicals of concern” in 60% of the more than 150 seats tested, including brominated flame retardants, arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Even so, the website calculated a 64% improvement between 2008 and this year’s seats.

“There’s been a not-so-quiet consumer revolution around chemical hazards in consumer products. The smart and strategic companies are quickly moving to make healthier products, and I think are going to have competitive advantage doing that,” said Jeff Gearheart, research director for Healthystuff.org.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates: Toxic America

Healthystuff.org picked the chemicals of concern based on studies showing links to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone imbalances and cancer.

Healthystuff.org tested for the presence of the chemicals using an X-ray fluorescence analyzer. The website did not test to see whether any of the chemicals were coming off the product and potentially exposing children.

All Baby Trend and Recaro seats tested contained brominated flame retardants, while more than four in five Britax seats did.  44% of all seats tested contained the chemical, which the Environmental Protection Agency says may cause liver, thyroid and neurodevelopmental toxicity.

Healthystuff.org ranked the best and worst seats based on how much chemicals of concern they contained. The findings have no bearing on how well these seats would do in a car accident.

Best Infant Seats: Chicco KeyFit 30 in Limonata, Graco Snugride 35 in Laguna Bay, and Combi Shuttle 33 in Cranberry Noche.

Best Convertible Car Seats: Graco Comfort Sport in Caleo, Graco MyRide 65 in Chandler and Streamer, Safety 1st Onside Air in Clearwater, and Graco Nautilus Elite 3-in-1 in Gabe.

Best Booster Seat: Graco Turbo Booster in Anders.

Worst Infant Seats: Graco Snugride 35 in Edgemont Red/Black, Graco Snugride 30 in Asprey.

Worst Convertible Seats: Britax Marathon 70 in Jet Set, and Britax Marathon in Platinum.

Worst Booster Seats: Recaro Pro Booster  in Blue Opal, and Recaro ProSPORT Toddler in Misty.

Healthystuff.org listed the Graco Snugride 35 in both the best and worst performers for infant car seats, possibly because of the different fabrics.

CNN contacted Graco, Britax and Recaro, or their public relations companies.  None commented on the testing by late Tuesday.

Brands tested include:  Alpha Sport, Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Compass, Dorel Juvenile Group (Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi, Safety First), Evenflo, Fisher Price, Graco, Harmony Juvenile, Orbit Baby, Peg Perego, Recaro, Sunshine Kids, Teutonia, The First Years.

soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Tritreviewifind

    https://tadagatadalafil.com/ where to get tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/ – buy tadalafil where to get tadalafil

    May 27, 2021 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Unitmerienepeft

    tadalafil online with out prescription tadalafil online where to buy cialis without prescription cheapest tadalafil cost https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 27, 2021 at 09:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. https://joker123slots.com/5-rookie-judi-slot-online-joker123-kesalahan-anda-akan-bisa-perbaiki-saat-ini-juga

    Saya telah telah berselancar online lebih dari 4 jam hari ini, namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik seperti milik Anda.

    It is cukup berharga bagi saya. Secara pribadi , jika semua pemilik situs web dan blogger membuat konten yang baik seperti yang Anda lakukan, internet
    akan menjadi a jauh lebih berguna dari sebelumnya.

    My website; Mrjoker888 (https://joker123slots.com/5-rookie-judi-slot-online-joker123-kesalahan-anda-akan-bisa-perbaiki-saat-ini-juga)

    June 1, 2021 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hydroxy

    natural chloroquine plaquenil 200 mg tablet chloroquine antimalarial

    June 5, 2021 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. cialis cost

    tadalafil generic 20mg cialis without a prescription what is tadalafil made from

    June 5, 2021 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. aralen chloroquine

    what is hydroxychloride cloroquina how long has hydroxychloroquine been used

    June 7, 2021 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Carylon Olgin

    Your infant will be safely strapped into their travel car seat when you bring them in the car. If you want to carry them around a bit, purchase a product that offers stability or adjustable height. These features will allow you to lower the baby's seat if necessary.


    June 20, 2021 at 01:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. pharmaceptica

    chloroquinr https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 05:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. pharmacepticacom

    buy sildenafil without a prescription https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dorethea Darrough

    Great articles. Thank you for the information what is the best spanish learning podcast?


    June 25, 2021 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. pharmacepticacom

    chloroquine without prescription https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 06:00 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

August 2011
  • An error has occurred, which probably means the feed is down. Try again later.