What began as a NewsMom.com editorial expanded into a six month KPIX-CBS investigation exposing alleged false advertising, apparent legal loopholes and outdated federal regulations that systematically expose millions of children to concerning car seat chemicals.
Since we began reporting on the topic, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA 2nd District) introduced legislation that would require NHTSA to update its flammability standard for car seats so that flame retardants would no longer be necessary. The bill was recently introduced into the House Commerce Committee. Members of the committee questioned NHTSA about the standard after reviewing our findings.
Additionally, Senate Commerce Committee member Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) requested a hearing to question NHTSA about flame retardants in car seats. Ayotte and Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) also sent this letter to NHTSA.
For a summary of the investigation, links to each of our stories, and NewsMom supplements with additional resources for parents, relevant data and documents, see:
Investigating Car Seat Chemicals