List: Flame retardants in children's products

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by Washington Toxics Coalition

KING5.com

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Researchers supported by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States purchased brand-new items to obtain up-to-date information on flame retardants in children’s products currently for sale. The researchers selected foam-containing baby and children’s items from major retailers including Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, and Sears, in six states. Samples of the foam from each of these products were sent to Dr. Heather Stapleton’s research laboratory at Duke University for testing.

The full report is online at watoxics.org: Hidden Hazards in Your Nursery?

The following products were tested and found to contain at least one toxic flame retardant:

My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP (Chemical acronyms defined below)

Mini classic Co-sleeper by Arm’s Reach
Purchased in Washington state; contained V6, TCPP, TCEP, TDCPP, U-OPFR

Munchkin Contour Changing Pad
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Summer Changing Pad
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP, U-OPFR

Babies R Us Contoured Changing Pad
Purchased in Washington state; contained TCPP, TDCPP, U-OPFR

Summer Bassinet Pad
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP, U-OPFR

Graco Turbobooster Elite Booster Seat (for auto use)
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Comfort Deluxe Booster Seat (for auto use)
Puchased in Washington state WA; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Safety 1st Sounds ‘n Lights Activity Walker
Purchased in Washington state; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Dex Changing Pad
Purchased in Maryland; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Nap Nanny Infant Recliner
Purchased in Massachusetts; contained Firemaster 550

Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat
Purchased in Massachusetts; contained TCPP, TDCPP, U-OPFR

Nod-a-way Bassinet
Purchased in Connecticut; contained TDCPP, TCPP

Babies R Us Bassinet Pad
Purchased in Connecticut; contained TCPP, TDCPP, U-OPFR

Graco Snugride Infant Car Seat
Purchawed in Michigan; contained TDCPP

Chicco Key Fit Infant Car Seat
Purchased in Michigan; contained TDCPP, TCPP

No flame retardants were found in three products:

  • Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow, purchased in Washington state
  • First Years Co-sleeper, purchased in Maryland
  • Eddie Bauer Pop-up Booster Seat (non-auto use), purchased in New York

Chemicals:

Firemaster 550: A mixture of four different compounds containing triphenyl phosphate (TPP), bis (2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB), as well as a suite of triaryl phosphate isomers.

TDCPP: Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate

TCEP: Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate

TCCP: Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate

U-OPFR: Unidentified chlorinated organophosphate flame retardant

V6: A flame retardant that contains TCEP as an impurity
 

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