When in the market for your baby’s car seat, you probably don’t put much thought into it besides, “Is this brand legit?” and “Does it look sturdy and safe?” And, perhaps most of all, “Do I like the fabric print?!”
But studies have shown we need to look beyond the obvious. In fact, we need to go beyond looking, and start using our noses! According to a recent CNN health article, “More than half of 2011 model children’s car seats contain one or more potentially hazardous chemicals.”
In the 150+ seats tested, chemicals including brominated flame retardants, arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury were found. These toxins have been linked to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone imbalances and cancer.
Good news? “…the seats fared far better than previous years, healthystuff.org found.”
Best news? Healthystuff.org has also done the research for us! Click here to find out which brands are safe and which ones you can turn your nose up at.
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