Next Monday, November 25th, HBO will air a special titled "Toxic Hot Seat." The directors James Redford and Kirby Walker disclose the foam cushions we curl up on every day, contain up to two pounds of flame retardants. The chemicals may not stop fires. However, they do whoosh out of seat cushions when we plop down, hitching a ride on airborne dust and ending up in our bodies. They have been linked to cancer and other health disorders.
"The film explores how a 1975 California law requiring retardants (Technical Bulletin 117) became widely adopted. And it follows the firefighters, scientists, health advocates, state legislators and investigative journalists who brought attention to the chemicals, leading to a recent reform of the California mandate."