Petition to Laurel Hurd
Get toxic chemicals out of children's car seats
We need car seats to keep children safe. A child may spend hours every week or even every day in a car seat. But 87% of car seats recently tested--including models by Graco--contained halogenated flame retardants, a hazardous class of chemicals. Halogenated flame retardants are associated with reproductive harm, disruption of the hormone system, obesity, and cancer. They have no place in a child’s car seat! The halogenated chemicals found in car seats don’t stay put. They get into the air and stick to dust. Children breathe them in and even absorb them through the skin. These chemicals do not break down in the environment and they accumulate in the young bodies of our children, potentially leading to health concerns down the road. Graco and other car seat makers can do better! Improvements have already been made. All car seat manufacturers have eliminated several toxic chemicals, including one known to cause cancer. Now, a handful of companies have shown they can cut out halogenated chemicals without any loss in fire or crash safety. Graco can too! We need industry giant Graco to take the lead on this important issue. Recent testing shows that car seats made by Graco still contain hormone-disrupting chemicals in the fabric and other car seat parts that directly touch babies and children. Affordable car seats should not come with the hidden cost of exposure to toxic chemicals! Tell Graco to detox their seats!
Petition to House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines
Children should be in safety standard seats that save lives!
In congruence with the global road safety concerns led by the United Nations General Assembly and World Health Organization, the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) and other road safety advocates are executing an initiative to address the alarmingly high number of deaths in the Philippines caused by road crashes. Though there is already an existing legislation on the mandatory use of seat belts in vehicles, this law only protects adults should a road crash occur; while this is a good start for road safety, children and infants remain unprotected. This is where the child car seats come in. These car seats for children not only provide comfort for children but as well as security and safety in the event of a road crash. Case in point: There is an average of seven (7) deaths per day caused by car crashes and 2014 data shows an estimate of PHP26.5B worth of losses due to car crashes. Thus, a coalition of advocacy groups are working towards the promotion of the pending House Bill 5595 and Senate Bill 1447, which aim to enact a legislation to assure the safety of children while on the road through the use of car seats. Car seats are the children's insurance, if we can pay for car insurance premiums, we can surely invest in safety standards approved car seats that may save our children's lives while inside motor vehicles. Join the call today, children should be in seats that save lives. Sign the petition now to show your support for the child safety in motor vehicles bill.