Toxic Car Seats? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/18/07

Toxic Car Seats?

How safe is your child's car seat? Not in a crash, but based on the chemicals used to make it.

A Michigan based environmental group tested 60 new infant and toddler car seats and found they may be exposing your children to dangerous levels of chemicals like chlorine and lead. The director of the study says heat may accelerate the chemicals' release. 

"We recommend that people keep their cars in cool areas and we encourage people to use kids to transport the children in the car, and not using it as a place for their child to sleep or for other purposes. Minimize the time the child spends in the seat," said Jeff Gearhart of the Clean Car Campaign.  

Gearhart says the chemicals are found in several products, not just car seats. CNN reached out to car seat manufacturers for responses but has not yet heard back from any of them.

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