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Couch cushions may contain harmful chemicals

ALBANY -- A consumer advocacy group says you could be exposing yourself to a harmful carcinogen just by sitting on your couch.

Clean and Healthy New York says 94 percent of all couches made after 2005 have flame retardant chemicals, including the commonly used TCDPP. That chemical is also known as a cancer-causing agent and a potential contributor to neurological disorders.

If theres a tag on your couch that says it meets California standards, chances are it contains the chemical. However, there are also labs that can test your cushions.

Efforts are underway to ban the use of TCDPP in New York.