Britax car seats earn top ratings

Britax was one of top-rated companies in a recent research study on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats by the nonprofit Ecology Center.

Nearly three-quarters of seats tested contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and over half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous as well, according to the study.

“Car seats are designed to keep children safe, so they should adhere to the strictest health and safety standards,” said Tom Vitaglione, of NC Child. “Toxic chemicals such as flame retardants, bromine and heavy metals should not be used in car seats, or in any children’s product.”

Britax, an international company with its U.S. headquarters in Fort Mill, was one of two top-rated companies in the study.

The study is the fifth in series of studies identifying poorly regulated chemical hazards in car seats since 2006. has tested 377 car seats in the last nine years.

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▪ Three local agencies recently received more than $10,000 from the Family Trust Charity golf tournament conducted at the Rock Hill Country Club.

Recipients were The Children’s Attention Home, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County and the Palmetto School will use proceeds to fund summer programs, while the Children’s Attention Home will use it to provide basic needs for the children.

Thirty-two teams participated in the tournament that was supported by 74 sponsors. Family Trust has raised more than $146,000 since the tournament was established in 2008.

▪ The State of South Carolina has again been awarded a Gold Shovel by Area Development magazine, a national economic development publication. The Gold Shovel is awarded to states in recognition of projects undertaken during the previous year that have created a significant number of new jobs and investment. The magazine also recognized Giti Tire investment in Chester County as a “Project of the Year.”

Giti Tire is expected to invest $560 million in the plant, creating 1,700 jobs. For information about the Gold Shovel and Investment Project of the Year go to


▪ SATURDAYCabela’s near Carowinds is holding its Outdoor Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and the Trailblazer Adventure Program. Other organizations that are part of the adventure day include SC Waterfowl Association, York County Ducks Unlimited, Rock Hill National Wild Turkey Federation Mossy Oak Properties, Hickory Hills Wild Game Processing, US National Whitewater Center, Anne Springs Close Greenway and E-Corps.

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