Bills would ban chemicals in baby products, sofas

Published On: Jan 31 2013 12:28:57 PM PST
SEATTLE -

Some state lawmakers are pushing to ban potentially cancer-causing chemicals from children's products and sofas.

Bills in the House and Senate would prohibit the use of two flame retardant chemicals, known as TCEP and TDCCP, in strollers, car seats, changing pads and other children's products, as well as home furniture.

The bills also prohibit manufacturers from using chemicals on the state's list of chemicals of concern as replacements.

Manufacturers often add the chemicals to polyurethane foam, plastics and fabrics to prevent fires and slow its spread. It's a cost-effective way to comply with a fire standard set by California.

The chemical industry says flame retardants have played an important role in reducing fires and can save lives.

Supporters of the bill say there are better ways to protect against fires without the chemicals.