Parents: Is your child's car seat safe?

Posted at 7:44 AM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 08:16:33-05

Your child's car seat may protect them in case of a crash, but new research shows there's another danger parents need to worry about.

Researchers found that the material some car seats are made of is hazardous to children.

All car seats are made with at least one flame retardant, but some of those chemicals can be toxic to kids.  Researchers say they are finding high levels of these chemicals in children.  They're warning parents to make sure they find out what the seat is made of before they buy it.

The chemical you want to look for is a type of chlorinated tris. It's very similar to TDCPP, a known toxic flame retardant phased out of kid's pajamas in the 70's because of health concerns. 

For more information on what you want to look for in your child's car seat, check out this story from our Scripps sister station.