Toxins in Car Seats

Toxins are ubiquitous in our world, but some products contain more chemicals than others.

Babies are more sensitive to chemicals than are adults.  Furthermore, these chemicals can potentially have a greater impact on babies developing bodies.  Thus, it is critical to be aware of and to limit your baby’s exposure to toxic chemicals.  Car seats are one of those necessary baby products, which unfortunately often contain toxins.  Many contain polyvinylchloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants, and heavy metal allergens – chemicals found to cause endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems in both animals and humans.

A recent study tested car seats for several of the most dangerous toxins. (Unfortunately, the study did not test for all chemicals or toxins.)  Click here to see a complete rating of car seats tested.

This 2011 study showed the child car safety seats with the MOST HAZARDOUS chemicals in each of the three categories include:

  • Infant Seat: Graco Snugride 35 in Edgemont Red/Black & Graco SnugRide 30 in Asprey
  • Convertible Seat: Britax Marathon 70in Jet Set & Britax Marathon in Platinum
  • Booster Seat: Recaro Pro Booster in Blue Opal & Recaro ProSPORT Toddlerin Misty

By contrast, the best 2011 car seats with the LEAST of these hazardous chemicals included:

  • Infant Seat: Chicco KeyFit 30 in Limonata, Graco Snugride 35 in Laguna Bay & Combi Shuttle 33 in Cranberry Noche
  • Convertible Carseat: 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
  • Booster Seat: Graco Turbo Booster in Anders

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