Graco Bans Toxic Flame Retardants From Their Products

Graco, the nation’s largest producer of children’s gear, recently promised to stop putting highly toxic chemical flame retardants in their products.

The company, which produces one out of every three child gear products sold in the U.S., had long been the target of various child health advocacy groups, thanks to their use of four of the most hazardous (ie, cancer-causing) chemical flame retardants in popular products like car seats, strollers, and nursing pillows.

It now joins a growing list of child gear manufacturers (including Orbit Baby and Britax) who have already committed to banning the dangerous chemicals from all of their products by the end of 2012. Various government officials are also taking notice of these previously so-called “life-saving” chemicals, advocating for their elimination from manufacturing nationwide. “Clearly car seats have been a welcome development in protecting our babies from the injuries associate with car accidents,” says Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World. “But protecting our children from one risk shouldn’t involve introducing them to another.”