Pushchairs: These problematic chemicals were found in test

3. aug 2017

In a test of the chemical content of pushchairs 6 of the 11 tested products contain unwanted chemicals in the seat and handle. The chemicals are suspected of being endocrine disrupting or carcinogenic.

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Test: Chemicals in push chairs
Photo: Nikoline Oturai

Pushchairs: 4 tested products are without problematic chemicals

11 pushchairs have been tested for unwanted chemicals in the seat and handle by The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals.

In the test 4 pushchairs receive the best assessment. The pushchair Britax B-motion 4 plus performs best in the test.

3 other pushchairs also receive top marks. In these products only very small amounts of so-called PAH’s were present in the handle.

Unwanted chemicals: 6 pushchairs receive a low mark

In the test 6 pushchairs receive the lowest mark. This is due to content of problematic substances such as chlorinated parafinns, the flame retardant TCPP or a PAH called naphthalene. These substances were found in the handles or seat.

The problematic chemicals are not banned in baby products.

However, naphthalene is classified as possibly carcinogenic. Chlorinated paraffins are on the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s list of unwanted substances and are among other things suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The flame retardant TCPP is banned in the EU in toys for children from 0 to 3 years because it can be carcinogenic.

Consequently the substances are problematic in baby products such as pushchairs. The exposure in the single product is not necessarily problematic in itself. But it contributes to the childrens combined exposure to unwanted chemicals from many different sources.

Therefore it is a good idea to minimize the exposure when possible – especially in baby products.

See the full test with product pictures (link to the test in Danish).

These products receive the best assessment (A)

Britax B Motion 4 Plus

Baby Jogger City Premier

Basson Baby Uno

Joie Litetrax 4

This product receive the middle assessment (B)

Hauck Rapid 4 (smaller amounts of chlorinated paraffins in the handle)

These products receive the lowest assessment (C)

Britax Smile 2 (Content of chlorinated paraffins in the handle)

Cybex Balios M (Content of chlorinated paraffins in the handle and seat)

Gb QBIT Plus (content of chlorinated paraffins in the handle)

Maxi Cosi Stella (content of chlorinated paraffins and the PAH naphthalene in the handle)

Mutsy Nexo (content of the flame retardant TCPP in the seat)

Phil and Teds Smart (Content of chlorinated paraffins in the handle and the PAH naphthalene in the seat)

The test also examined the content of unwanted phthalates in the pushchairs. But no phthalates were found in the 11 tested products.

 

For further questions contact project manager Stine Müller on sm@fbr.dk.