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Old 05-18-2007, 12:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just read this article this morning. What are your thoughts? I mean, I figured there'd be some chemicals on them since there are fire-retardant chemicals on the covers. Has anyone heard about this before? I couldn't find much on it though, even on the Ecology Center's website.

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/...chemicals.html
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Yikes! Talk about a lesser of two evils scenario.

I want my kid safe in case of a crash and I want to protect them from inhaling chemicals. Apparently I can't have both.

I wonder if the concentrations in car-seats are higher than those in the materials used for the general interior of a car.

I do like that the article suggests just using a car-seat in the car and not carting your baby around in it all the time.

But "keep the car seat out of the sun" ! How? Cover it with a blanket when I park? It would still get hot.

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Hopefully this will further convince parents that carseats AREN'T baby furniture and should only be used in the car.
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You know, I've often wondered about that. Between the plastic itself, and all it's offgassing, the polyester covers, the fire retardants, the foam... I know the chemicals inside a car are bad enough, from offgassing and such.

Then again, I wonder if it's any better, pulling my girls in a bike trailer down near all the tailpipes of passing cars?
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I just saw this on the news. My opinion is that the biggest risk of car seats is still misuse. I suspect that all the other plastic, fire-retardant treated baby gear that many babies spend time in is equally hazardous.

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I just saw this on the news. My opinion is that the biggest risk of car seats is still misuse. I suspect that all the other plastic, fire-retardant treated baby gear that many babies spend time in is equally hazardous.
Amen to that. Its a no-brainer that there are chemicals in Carseats. I am just glad the covers aren't made with vinyl like they were when we were kids. Could you imagine, the lead that would leech from those things.

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But "keep the car seat out of the sun" ! How? Cover it with a blanket when I park? It would still get hot.
My MIL got us these last year. They work AWESOME.

The Chem thing doesn't suprise me.

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My MIL got us these last year. They work AWESOME.

The Chem thing doesn't suprise me.
These look like a great idea! I've never seen them before -- thanks for the link.
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Well of course there are chemicals in carseats! They're made of plastic and styrofoam! We can't exactly weave them out of wheatgrass.
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yeah, and it's not like the kids are eating them?
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I found it ironic that the most toxic was also one of the most expensive brands- Briitax.. yikes.

I wonder if some kind of homemade cover of canvas or some other heavy fabric could help keep the outgassing down..

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Hopefully this will further convince parents that carseats AREN'T baby furniture and should only be used in the car.
Oh, GOOD point!

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I found it ironic that the most toxic was also one of the most expensive brands- Briitax.. yikes.

I wonder if some kind of homemade cover of canvas or some other heavy fabric could help keep the outgassing down..
It makes perfect sense. The higher end Britaxes use more energy-absorbing foam.... which is made from chemicals.

I hope that car seat manufacturers will look for less toxic sources... but my big fear is that there are parents out there who will use this study as an excuse not to put their kids in carseats.

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depressing, but not surprising about the chemicals.

Problem is, to most people a car seat is not just a car seat, but babies are carried in it constantly, home, store, park. Ive seen so many babies that almost never leave their carseats.

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I think this does create a concern regarding people who leave their kids in their carseats *all* of the time, not that there are not concerns with that anyways.

But..like other people said, it would be just plain irresponsible to have that impact whether or not people used them in their cars. That would be like those people who let their baby starve because they were uneducated about vegan nutrition.

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Well of course there are chemicals in carseats! They're made of plastic and styrofoam! We can't exactly weave them out of wheatgrass.


I don't see how people lug those things around anyway, they are heavy!
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I don't see how people lug those things around anyway, they are heavy!
I KNOW! People would always ask if my dd was heavy in her sling, I would laugh as that seat is the same as carrying two babies.

Seriously though, I hate to see a baby stuck in the seat for long periods of time. That is horrible. So now, we know that they are inhaling fumes to boot? Nice.

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I KNOW! People would always ask if my dd was heavy in her sling, I would laugh as that seat is the same as carrying two babies.

Seriously though, I hate to see a baby stuck in the seat for long periods of time. That is horrible. So now, we know that they are inhaling fumes to boot? Nice.
Probably no more fumes than they'd inhale from sitting next to a pile of plastic toys wearing a styrofoam bike helmet.

You realize this means that bike helmets outgass too, right?
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All fire retardant chemicals were outlawed in Europe over 10 yrs ago as was formaldehyde in mattresses and other furniture production. In the US you can hardly find a mattress without formaldehyde. Sad!

It will be another 10 yrs before they take those chemicals out of car seats.

Consumers have to be made aware and demand it. That is the only way in the US. Otherwise big business rules and they won't make the changes. What for? It's not good for business.
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Probably no more fumes than they'd inhale from sitting next to a pile of plastic toys wearing a styrofoam bike helmet.

You realize this means that bike helmets outgass too, right?
That is the same argument big pharma uses FOR vaccines with mercury.

What harm is there in getting a little more?

I'd rather get a little less...

Prevention is the key. Elimination is the goal.
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