Hidden Hazards In the Nursery
Popular baby products, including nursing pillows and car seats, contain toxic flame retardants linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and other health effects, according to a new report released today by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States. Children and families are exposed to the chemicals, called Tris chemicals, when the chemicals escape from household items and contaminate house dust and indoor air.
A report by Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States
Over the last few years, toxic Tris flame retardants have become more prevalent in foam products after many states banned another group of toxic flame retardants known as PBDEs. Manufacturers switched to toxic Tris flame retardants despite their effect on public health.
Our new study, Hidden Hazards In The Nursery, collected and tested popular baby products, including nursing pillows and car seats, for these dangerous chemicals. Our research found the vast majority contain these toxic flame retardants linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and other health effects.
To minimize your exposure to Tris flame retardants, check out our list of tips here. To learn more about the Toxic-Free Kids Act of 2012, legislation designed to protect children from Tris flame retardants and other dangerous chemicals, view the campaign fact sheet (PDF).