News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Report finds little risk to infants

Report finds little risk to infants

A report released by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has found that exposure to a group of substances (PBDEs*) used in the upholstery of car seats as a flame retardant, is unlikely to cause adverse health effects in infants and toddlers .

Children are particularly susceptible to toxicants that affect development, such as PBDEs, so a study was undertaken to determine the risk to infants/toddlers exposed to PBDEs while restrained in a car seat.

The resulting report was produced for the Ministry of Health as part of their work to reduce the number of preventable injuries through exposure to chemical substances and products.

The most important exposure factors for infants/toddlers in a car are the concentrations of PBDEs in air and dust and the length of time the toddler is in the car.

The full report is available at

* Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are commercially produced halogenated compounds that are added to plastics and polyurethane foams as flame retardants.

More information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banning the production and use of some toxic chemicals ratified by New Zealand in September 2004.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


40 Years On: Prime Minister Delivers Erebus Apology

"That loss, in and of itself, was huge. It sent ripples across the country, and trauma that those who weren’t directly affected would probably struggle to fathom. But that loss and grief was compounded. It was undeniably worsened by the events that followed." More>>


The Testaments: Margaret Atwood Announces Three NZ Events

The evening will also feature Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why she has returned to the fictional world of Gilead 34 years later. More>>


Transit Of Mercury: Historic Viewing Recreated

Keen stargazers gathered at Te Whanganui o Hei, or Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula to watch a rare astronomic event this morning. More>>


Forest And Bird: Hoiho Crowned Bird Of The Year For 2019

Widely considered an underdog, the valiant hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) has smashed the feathered ceiling to win Bird of the Year, a first for seabirds in the competition's 14 year history. More>>


Howard Davis: Very Silly Stormtroopers - Jojo Rabbit

Described as “an anti-hate satire,” Taiki Waititi's latest movie depicts the growth of a young boy in Nazi Germany who seeks advice on how to become a tough man from his 'imaginary friend' - a highly eccentric version of Adolf Hitler.




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland