Orbit Car seat contains flame retardants?!?!?!?

Original post: Reposting from Organic Baby University page- this is important if you own an Orbit car seat: “ALERT! I have just been informed by a follower that she had her Orbit Baby car seat tested and the foam tested positive for Firemaster 550 a toxic flame retardant chemical mix. She has the test results from Duke.” Subsequent update:“ORBIT UPDATE: Their foams are no longer Oeko-Tek certified and apparently have not been for a while. They quietly changed this and changed the website so no one knew. Here is the email. I am finding out when this happened so you can know if your seat is not. Here is the email”
Because you are familiar with our current and past-generation products, I also wanted to clarify our Oeko-Tex certification. All the fabrics that contact your child on Orbit Baby G2 and G3 products meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. All other non-fabric materials (like foam and notions) with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification are very hard to find. For these materials, Orbit Baby does a combination of extensive third-party testing ourselves, to make sure that they are free of many harmful chemicals in question, including BFR’s and chemicals on Oeko-Tex’s list. The foam on the Toddler Car Seat G2 falls into this category: because few manufacturers in or outside of our industry use Oeko-Tex certified foam, it is difficult to find a sustainable source to meet Orbit Baby’s demand for this material, and we have moved to certifying the foam at third-party testing facilities instead. Consequently, we have had to change our webpage and remove references to using foam certified to the Oeko-Tex standard.”
SO tough to get a straight answer  from them, but here it is finally, from a question on their FB wall: “As we prepared to develop and manufacture our new G3 stroller, our supplier of Oeko-Tex certified foam went out of business in 2013. We looked at different alternatives. With suppliers of Oeko-Tex certified foam so difficult to find, we made the decision to no longer rely on Oeko-Tex certification on our foam and phased in G2 manufacturing to a “bromine free” standard on all of our products and test our foam at independent, accredited labs. As part of the phased manufacturing approach, our G2 stroller seats were still using Oeko-Tex certified materials of both foam and fabric, but our car seats moved to using Oeko-Tex certified materials of fabric only in 2012.” POST: https://www.facebook.com/orbitbaby/posts/10151945870446105
Duke program: Duke university is offering to test the foams in your products for free to tell you WHAT FLAME RETARDANTS are in your products! We can FINALLY FIND OUT WHAT IS IN OUR PRODUCTS! PLEASE PLEASE send samples of car seats, couches, baby rockers, strollers, changing pads, mattresses, couches anything! You can submit 5! https://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/superfund/whats-in-my-foam/
UPDATE 4/30/14: VERY IMPORTANT, DISHEARTENING UPDATE from Jennifer of Organic Baby University: “Well I have just awful news!!!! I have gotten the results from three samples of my foams that I submitted to Duke for testing. I tested in orbit baby car seat from when it was supposed to be a Oeko-tek certified, a new Diono storm version car seat that is claimed to have no chemical flame retardants and a white lotus home foam piece and all tested positive for TDCPP.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heavens123
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 13:51:58

    WHICH Orbit baby carseat tested positive for Firemaster 550. Toddler or infant, g1, g2 or g3? FM550 is a brominated mix. Would the person be willing to post a pdf of the test results (covering up their identifying information)?



    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Apr 12, 2014 @ 17:51:31

      I wish I could answer those questions for you, but I reposted this via Organic Baby University’s page. Head on over to their FB page & scroll down to April 6-7th for threads with a ton more info.



  2. Heavens123
    May 01, 2014 @ 12:31:33

    Enraged. No other words suffice.



  3. JoMama
    May 25, 2014 @ 01:20:01

    Any alternatives?



  4. Leila
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 13:47:31

    Their website still says they are flame retardant free! This should we reported to the FTC. In fact I am going to do it. We have an orbit car seat and I am so disappointed in reading this.



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