Chemical Watch: US House considers modifying flammability standards in car seats


Congressman Jared Huffman (D–California) has introduced legislation to revise the federal flammability standard for children’s car seats. This would allow it to be met without added chemical flame retardants. Bill HR 5359 would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the existing flammability standards to measure a car seat’s smoulder resistance, rather than using an open flame test. The measure would also direct the NHTSA to consider the methodologies laid out in California’s Technical Bulletin (TB) 117-2013. This standard for upholstered furniture was updated in 2013 and removed the state’s open flame test, allowing manufacturers to achieve compliance without added flame retardants.

Kelly Franklin