As part of the HealthyStuff.org #ToxicFreeCarSeats campaign, HealthyStuff ran some early testing on the Graco My Size 65 Convertible Car Seat and found that it contains several dangerous chemicals that you certainly don’t want near your child. To identify the chemical hazards in this car seat, HealthyStuff ran multiple tests for flame retardants on various parts of the car seat and found two flame retardants in the product’s upholstery including a thin PU foam layer (laminated to green textile): Triethyl phosphate, Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBEP) and EPS foam: 5,110 ppm Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). Furthermore, one of the flame retardants is subject to a global ban by the UN. The car seat’s buckle and harness straps contained very low levels and exterior plastics tested very clean. However, HealthyStuff notes that the  hard EPS foam in the car seat contained high levels of bromine (Br) in addition to significant levels of Antimony (another flame retardant chemical). See the full results of the Graco chemical hazards test here. You can help fund HealthyStuff’s endeavors to test many more car seats for chemical hazards by contributing to their Testing Children’s Car Seats for Toxic Chemicals campaign. Remember, even though many car seats contain harmful chemicals you should ALWAYS use a car seat! See one safer car seat choice.

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