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Study: Toxic Chemicals Found In Kids’ Car Seats

A new study out this week finds more than half of children’s cars seats sold in the U.S. are hazardous to your child’s health. What a scary thought — something designed to protect your child may actually be harmful.

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The Ecology Center, based in Michigan, found 60 percent of the 150 car seats tested contained chemicals that can permanently affect a child’s developing brain. The study lists the chemicals as bromine and chlorine.

Studies in lab animals have found that bromine-containing flame retardants can permanently affect the developing brain, while PVC has been classified by the US Environmental Protection Administration as a known human carcinogen.

The center has posted its findings at healthystuff.org, including a list of the best and worst car seats.

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