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Would you use a car seat that expired in 2006?

It is 6 years and it very good condition.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Apr. 24, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • No

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 1:30 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • yup, if it's still in good condition. How does it expire? It's not like the seat is made of's not going to mold.

    Answer by BisketLiss at 1:32 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • No. Better safe than sorry.

    Answer by misselphaba at 1:34 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • No. never. plastic breaks down over the years so it's safety during a crash is severely diminished. go buy a $50 dollar one at Walmart. that would be TONS safer than using a 3 years expired car seat.

    Answer by MythicMMM at 1:35 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • BTW, Worked in the plastic field doing QC and have seen first hand how brittle plastic becomes over the years because we tested old plastic products that passed QC years ago against the new ones. the old ones never broke tested as good.

    Answer by MythicMMM at 1:37 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • No. The car seats now are so much safer and better constructed. Im pretty sure they expire because they update safety regulations every so often. I mean its not against the law to use it, but your better safe then sorry.

    Answer by beingamomrocks1 at 1:51 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • If it expired in 2006 then it is more than 6 years old. (most seats expire 5-6 years after manufactured and it's two years after's 7-8 years old) If it's expired, that means the manufacturer cannot guarantee the safety of the seat because the plastic they used has degraded to an unsafe point by that time and it should not be used.

    No, I would not use it.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:56 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • No way! You can buy a cheap one at Walmart for like $40. Why risk your babies life? The plastic breaks down and if you get in a car accident they can shatter it won't do any good at all.

    Answer by KandiceN at 2:00 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • No way! I would not risk it at all! Like other people have said, go to Walmart and buy a $40 or $50 one, it's not worth the risk. They put the expiration date on them for a reason!

    Answer by Rosalie29 at 2:12 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • i would definetly not use it.... there are reason why they put expirations on these products. also, if you are not the only owner of the car seat, you have no way to know if the previous car seat took good care of it. was it ever involved in an accident? if it was even involved in a fender bender, it would be considered unsafe to use it anymore. i understand that it can be expensive to purchase a new car seat for your child, but their safety is one area where here should not be skimping. you could buy a new car seat, relatively cheap on a site like ebay or try seeing if your local babies r us has any on clearance, which they will routinely do when the new models come out. if you cannot afford a new car seat, you can also check with local churches or organizations in your area that can provide you will a free or extremely low cost car seat for your your child. i hope this info helps! good luck! :)

    Answer by rachelsmommy78 at 3:39 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

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