Car Seat Toxicity: HealthyCar.org

By Kristie Turck •  Published 05/24/08 •  2 min read

HealthyCar.orgIt’s always something, isn’t it? With all the talk about reducing the levels of toxins and chemicals our babies and kids are exposed to during the most formative years of their lives, it’s only natural people start wondering about that car seat your precious bundle sits in. Last year a reader wrote in to ask about finding organic car seats… unfortunately, this country isn’t quite there yet and while you can find organic seat covers, covering a car seat isn’t recommended by some car safety officials. (If anyone has more solid information about car seat covers and the laws/rules surrounding them I’d welcome it…. I can’t seem to find too much official information.)

But anyway, car seats are required by law… you can’t leave the hospital with your newborn without one. But the seat you choose is entirely up to you, and wouldn’t you want a seat that off-gasses less icky stuff like bromine, lead and chlorine? Well if so, there is a website available that allows you to search for car seats, or check the seat you currently own, for dangerous or “unhealthy” levels of these kinds of toxins, called HealthyCar.org. They’ve created a full report on vehicles AND car seats and rate them from Low to High concern levels. You can search by seat Type, by seat Model and they have a Best and Worst list to gawk at too. Overall, an interesting resource, and one I’ll be consulting when making future car seat (or car) purchases.