August 3, 2011
Dear Orbit Baby Customer,
We stand behind the safety of our products 100%, and all of the young families at Orbit Baby use our products with complete confidence.
As an industry leader in chemical safety for children, Orbit Baby supports the work of leading experts to promote the restriction of unsafe chemicals in children's products. We're committed to moving baby gear towards safe-for-your-baby, safe-for-our-planet practices, and we believe we have done more about these commitments than any other gear company.
In regards to the Child Car Seat Rankings released by HealthyStuff.org - chemical testing is a complex and confusing subject so we will try to explain the issues at hand. HealthyStuff.org screened infant, convertible and booster car seat samples with a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device, which gives quick preliminary information about materials. This "preliminary XRF screening" is the first step in a complete testing program. In addition to preliminary XRF screening, Orbit Baby also implements higher precision and complete "wet-chemistry testing." To help illustrate the difference, governmental chemical safety laws are designed around wet chemistry tests since XRF can often lead to inconclusive results. Moving beyond screening and including testing, we have built a thorough chemical safety program for our products:
As part of our routine screening and testing, we recently sampled our car seat products and saw extremely low levels with all chemicals or elements of concern. In contrast to the survey published on HealthyStuff.org, our readings were “ND”, meaning they were “not detectable” and below the minimum detection limit of the XRF screening and testing.
Though we always welcome independent testing of our products, we also believe that we do more to confirm the chemical safety of our products than anyone else in the industry. Through the use of independent laboratories, through sampling many multiples of units, and through controlling the source materials, Orbit Baby is an industry leader in taking real action towards products that are both safe for your baby and safe for our planet.
Email us anytime with any further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you once again for your support of Orbit Baby.
The Orbit Baby Team