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Hi,<br>
I recently posted asking what is your favorite carseat and why. Overwhelmly the response was Britax Boulevard. Then I found the report on <a href="http://www.healthycars.org" target="_blank">www.healthycars.org</a> which reported the the carseat with the highest levels of Bromine is the Britax marathon....it doesnt mentioned the boulevard, but if I remember correctly all of the Britax that they did mentioned had the highest toxic chemical counts. I know the boulevard is really safe as far as accidents go, but what to you guys think/know about the whole chemical deal...I just got mine in the mail, but we try hard to avoid plastics and all toxic chemicals..it seems odd that a place where he goes almost daily would be toxic (most of his trips are under 10 minutes, but still)<br>
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All car seats are made of plastic, foam, styrofoam and have varying degrees of chemicals on them for water proofing and fire retardation. All of them. So, some are going to be more toxic than others but they are all going to have toxins on them. You have to weigh the risks of a using good versus a great car seat in a car accident vs the risks of your child breathing some nasty chemicals. The answer is not to stop buying car seats or to avoid Britax but to buy one well in advance of when you need it and let it air out for a while. The gases will off gas given time. You can tell when it stops being stinky. The website you cite says as much and also says not let it sit in high heat and to open your windows a lot to let the seat air out even more.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">All car seats are made of plastic, foam, styrofoam and have varying degrees of chemicals on them for water proofing and fire retardation. All of them. So, some are going to be more toxic than others but they are all going to have toxins on them. You have to weigh the risks of a using good versus a great car seat in a car accident vs the risks of your child breathing some nasty chemicals. The answer is not to stop buying car seats or to avoid Britax but to buy one well in advance of when you need it and let it air out for a while. The gases will off gas given time. You can tell when it stops being stinky. The website you cite says as much and also says not let it sit in high heat and to open your windows a lot to let the seat air out even more.</div>
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We're still gonna get a britax blvd, but thanks for the info.
 

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OP, the link doesn't work. I was interested so I looked it up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> There's no 's' - it's <a href="http://http//www.healthycar.org/home.php" target="_blank">healthycar.org</a>.<br><br>
The substances they test for are bromine, chlorine and lead. According to my engineer husband, the levels of chlorine and bromine in the car seats are much lower than the levels in a swimming pool, or in the air around a pool. Lead is very inert, so even if there were high levels of lead in the seat, the baby would have to literally eat the seat in order to be affected.
 

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Thanks for your fast posts. I was so excited to find this carseat and now I have in it my living room. My son is really ready for it now, but I will let it air out for a while.<br>
Thank you,<br>
Sarah
 
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