This is kind of disturbing. Many couch manufacturers use toxic chemicals as a flame retardant. About 41% of the couches tested contain the same chemical that was banned in children’s clothing back in the 70′s.
It appears that upholstered couches are the most at risk. So not as much of a risk if you have a leather couch.
Quote from article:
The Duke-U.C. study noted that many of the flame retardants found in the couches are “associated with hormone disruption, neurological and reproductive toxicity and/or cancer in hundreds of animal studies and a number of human studies.”
The study says the furniture foam turns into dust and lingers, a potential problem for small children who might be close to the floor and put their hands in their mouths.