Did you know car seats expire?
Yes, they usually expire 5-7 yrs. Depends on the brand. Most now a days, only have a manufacture date. You can go on your seats website (or call their help line) and it will or should tell you how long they are good for. They only last so long, because the plastic starts to wear down and would not hold up in a collision (high/low temps wear down the plastic, and age). When it is time to throw it out, you should destroy it. Either smash the seat with a sledge hammer, cut the straps, do whatever you can to prevent someone from finding it and using it. Sounds harsh, but people will use it if they can.
Karen - posted on 03/10/2010
i found this at rotarysafetyvillage.com which is the site my local police dept told me to use for dates - note that it says at the bottom not to use a seat older then 10 years...i was told that if your seat only had a manufacture date (like mine) and no expirey date you can use it to the 10 year mark unless you can find out what the recommended expriey of your brand of seat is.
Child car seats have an expiry date; below you will find manufacturer's name, telephone number and/or website regarding expiry dates. Feel free to download the detail list of the child car seat manufacturers / distributors contact information.
Britax, states 6 years
Cosco/Eddie Bauer/Safety 1st, states 5-7 years
Evenflo, states 6 years
Fisher Price, states 8 years
Graco/Century, states 6 years
Peg Perego, states 5 years
No child car seat 10 years or older should be used. To dispose of your child car seat please contact the Children's Safety Village at (519) 945-5500 (519) 945-5500 . If the child car seat is in the vehicle when it is in an accident, no matter how minor it is, you need to replace it. Your insurance company will pay for the replacement of your child car seat. Below are some sites that will explain why you need to replace the child car seat after a crash.
http://www.800bucklup.org/parent/replaci... CSS after crash002.html
Peita - posted on 03/10/2010
In Australia, it is usually 10yrs expirey date on infant seats and plastic cushion booster seats and I don't think there are dates on foam booster seats! This may well change when our new seats come out in October! Renee has a good point, we aren't allowed to put children in boosters until they are 4 or too tall for the seats, so what is the point of convertable seats if they don't last?? Mother's Choice and Safe and Sound used to, not sure if they still do, have seats that last 10yrs!
Andrea - posted on 03/09/2010
Yes, my husband is a police officer and they have car seat inspection days where parents can come and make sure their seat is installed properly and within safety standards. It's relatively new for them to have expiration dates printed on the seats, but he's always said 2-3 years is the life of a car seat. Also a lot of people don't know this but if you are in any type of accident, even a small fender bender, your seat should be replaced. Most insurance companies will pay for a new seat if this happens.
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