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ladies help with car seats!

Im due in July.... And already have an infant graco car seat from when we had our daughter 3 years ago... How can i know its still safe to use. Its been sitting in the closet for 2 years and im afraid to put my new baby in it unless i know its safe. Is there some where i can take it to have it inspected or should i just get a new one???

 
BallardMomma

Asked by BallardMomma at 8:50 AM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • If YOU had used this car seat just a couple of years ago, and know it's history and how it was cared for, and the straps, clips, and LATCH system are all in great condition, then I'm sure it's fine to use. I would NEVER purchase an INFANT car seat from a yard sale or even from a friend--as you can never know it's history--only use what you are 100% sure of!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:02 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • If you never had an accident with it and it hasn't been banged up in the garage it should be safe, I've never heard of a place to get them inspected though, so if you are nervous about it and can afford a new one that may be the best bet. Carseats and helmets can often look ok but have internal cracks. Also check recall lists for the brand model and manufacturer code on the seat.
    goaliemom93

    Answer by goaliemom93 at 8:54 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • There should be an expiration date on it. As long as it's not expired, hasn't been recalled, and hadn't been in a crash, it should be just fine to use. You could contact your local fire department and ask them for some peace of mind.
    BlueFrogMama

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 8:54 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • You could have your local police or fire department inspect it once it's installed in your car. Also, check with the manufacturer to make sure it wasn't recalled. You're new baby should be fine. Congrats!
    beckcorc

    Answer by beckcorc at 8:58 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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