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Playing on Poisons Test Results

Playing on Poisons

Test results from the Playing on Poisons report (Nov. 2013) found harmful flame retardant chemicals in children’s chairs, couches and other kids’ furniture purchased from Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us, buybuy Baby and other major retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read the full report.

  • Firemaster 550 caused obesity and disrupted normal hormone function in tests with laboratory animals and tests with living cells.
  • TCPP caused genetic damage in studies of human cells. In tests with laboratory animals, TCPP changed the length of the menstrual cycle.
  • TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) is identified as a cancer-causing chemical by the state of California and the U.S. National Research Council. In laboratory animals, it is toxic to developing embryos and also causes genetic damage in studies of human cells. In men attending infertility clinics, exposure to TDCPP was linked with changes in hormone levels.
  • Butylated Triphenyl Phosphate: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has summarized the limited toxicology testing done with this flame retardant mixture. Health concerns identified in the EPA summary include decreased fertility and abnormal menstrual cycles.
Description State Store Firemaster 550 Other Flame Retardants
Spiderman Chair AK Walmart X
Chair Cushion CA buybuy Baby X
Chair; No Character CA Big Lots X
Elmo Says Spin Chair CA Babies “R” Us X
Justice League Chair CA Target Butylated Triphenyl Phosphate
Dora the Explorer Sofa CA Babies “R” Us X
Monsters U Chair CA Toys “R” Us X
Minnie Mouse Sofa CA Walmart X
Disney Princesses Sofa CA Walmart X
Spiderman Chair CA Walmart X
Princess Chair CA Kmart X
Disney Cars Sofa CA Kmart X
Mickey Mouse Chair CA Kmart X
Chair, No Character CA Wayfair TCPP, TDCPP
Circo Robot Chair CA Target TCPP
Circo Plaid Chair CA Target TCPP
Circo Plaid Chair CAN Target TCPP
Spiderman Chair CAN Toys “R” Us X
Sesame Street Chair CAN Walmart X
Disney Princess Chair CT Walmart X
Circo Plaid Chair KY Target TCPP
Thomas & Friends Sofa KY Walmart X
Circo Robot Chair MA Target TCPP
Circo Robot Chair MI Target TCPP
Circo Robot Chair MI Target TCPP
Circo Robot Chair MI Target TCPP
Storage Ottoman MN Target TCPP
Circo Robot Chair ME Target TCPP
Storage Ottoman ME Target TCPP
Storage Ottoman MT Target TCPP
P’Kolino Little Reader Chair NY buybuy Baby X TDCPP
Minnie Mouse Rocker NY Kmart TCPP
Disney Princess Chair NY Babies “R” Us X
Thomas & Friends Chair OR Walmart X
Minnie Mouse Chair OR Walmart X
Sesame Street Sofa VT Toys “R” Us X
Mickey Mouse Chair WA Walmart X
Blue Chair; No Character WA Target TCPP


Furniture with no detected flame retardants

Description State Store
Alex the Lionicon Chair CA Babies “R” Us
Spongebob Chair CA Babies “R” Us
Hello Kitty Sofa CA Babies “R” Us
Blue Chair; No Character MA HomeGoods

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