2012 Study on Flame-Retardants in Couches
Out of 102 polyurethane foam samples obtained from new couches, the study found the chemicals chlorinated tris and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in some of them:
Chlorinated Tris or TDCPP
Tris is a flame retardant that is considered to be potentially neurotoxic. Tris is on a 2011 California list of Potential Carcinogens.
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION :
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers or PentaBDE
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:
California and the European Union has banned PentaBDE since 2004. Chemical has been found to be neurotoxic -- according to the Environmental Protection Agency, PentaBDE has been linked to liver, thyroid and neurodevelopmental toxicity.
SOURCE: "Novel and High Volume Use Flame Retardants in US Couches Reflective of the 2005 PentaBDE Phase Out." Environmental Science & Technology. American Chemical Society. Dec 1, 2012.