The CBS Evening News (5/17, story 7, 2:50, Couric) reported, "We put babies in car seats to protect them from danger. But there could be a danger hidden in those car seats and other baby products as well? A study to be published in 'Environmental Science and Technology' looked at the flame retardant chemicals used in dozens of baby products."
On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times (5/18, B1, Martin, Subscription Publication) reports that a new study on flame retardants indicates that one chemical in particular, chlorinated Tris, "is prevalent in baby's products made with polyurethane foam, including nursing pillows, car seats, and highchairs." Now, in an article to appear today, "researchers suggest that infants who use the products have higher exposure to the chemical than the government recommends." Some of the chemicals used in "flame retardants are suspected carcinogens, and studies have linked the chemicals to variety of health issues, including problems with fertility and neurological development," the authors of Wednesday's journal article said.