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Efforts to Shift from Flame Retardant Chemicals to Naturally Flame Retardant Materials in Car Seats

Friday, December 20, 2019   (1 Comments)
JPMA applauds the continued advances of manufacturers to reduce or limit the use of traditional flame retardant chemicals in car and booster seats in favor of more naturally flame retardant materials that also meet or exceed federal flammability standards. In 2019, we saw a significant increase in the availability of child passenger safety products with no added chemicals, and given increasing consumer demand we expect continued growth in these products. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., however, so JPMA continues to prioritize access to life-saving crash protection for every baby and child. It is critical that every American family has access to a new, undamaged car seat for each child anytime they are traveling in a vehicle. Affordability is key to ensuring that is possible. Because naturally flame-retardant materials are more costly, car seats made from these materials are typically more expensive than those where chemicals have been added to satisfy federal flammability standards. The incomes of many families will not support higher price points so it is critical that entry-level models that offer the same crash protection remain widely available. Our members continue to innovate and enhance the safety, convenience and comfort features of child passenger safety devices to provide more consumer choices.

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Orbit Baby says...
Posted Friday, January 10, 2020
This is a very important goal for Orbit and should be for every manufacturer.

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