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No More Nasty Surprises

Posted by SAFER States on Mar 28, 2013

Graco's kids products contain a toxic flame retardant chemical. In the absence of strong legislation, finding out about toxics in products can be something of a do-it-yourself endeavor. Consumers depend on voluntary disclosures and their own sleuthing.

So when Graco—a leading manufacturer of high chairs, car seats, strollers and other kids' products—took a stand (pdf) against certain toxic chemicals, concerned parents breathed a sigh of relief.

Unfortunately, all of the parents who rushed out to purchase these toxic-free products learned a hard lesson. According to data filed under Washington State's new disclosure law, Graco's kids products contain tetrabromobisphenol A, or TBBPA, a toxic flame retardant.

TBBPA is categorized as a persistent, bioacccumulative, and toxic chemical (PBT), has been shown to effect thyroid hormone activity, and may effect nervous system function as well.

Washington State is currently considering a bill that would ban certain toxic flame retardants, and prevent them being replaced with other harmful chemicals. We'd love your support for this bill. But the issue is much larger than one chemical, one company, one state.

Graco's toxic kids' products painfully underline the fact that we can't make decisions about our kids' health based on companies' voluntary announcements or concerned consumer sleuthing. We need real reform! Across the country, state governments are considering laws to ban toxic chemicals—including sweeping legislation that ensures bad chemicals aren't just being replaced with other bad chemicals, but that we have a real system in place to assess what makes its way into our products.

Check our tracking site to see what's happening in your state. Let's continue to pass real standards and reform, in the states and on the national stage—and put an end to these nasty surprises!