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Is a car seat safe to use if it's 8 years old?

I can't even find the product instructions, and it's been taken apart to be cleaned, so I'm getting frustrated and thinking about just buying a new one, but my mother bought this for me and I don't want to offend her at the same time. . .

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Zennie2005

Asked by Zennie2005 at 11:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 8 years old? get a new one. I can't remember what the guidelines are, but i am pretty sure it's a lot less than 8 years. talk to your pediatrician, local EMS or police and they can advise you on car seat regulations and safety.
    xtwilightx

    Answer by xtwilightx at 11:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • i think you're not supposed to use them after 5 years. idk why.... maybe they self-destruct or something lol
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 11:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • No they expire after 5 years.
    my2.5boys

    Answer by my2.5boys at 11:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • it's because the constant temperature fluctuations from sitting in the sun, compromises the integrity of the plastic. It becomes brittle, and can crack and crumble, especially when under stress, such as during a car accident.
    my2.5boys

    Answer by my2.5boys at 11:20 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • The guidelines on some of the newer plastics are 3 years.

    www.carseat.org
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 11:25 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • Is there a website I could check out regarding the regulations on child gear? Like strollers and such, how long they would be safe?
    Zennie2005

    Answer by Zennie2005 at 11:27 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • Car seats have expiration dates. I believe somewhere around 3-5 years.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • If you don't know the history of the seat, and it's 8 years old, and you don't have a manual for it, get a new one. Please. This seat is unsafe.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:03 AM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • google cpst and your zip code to find a tech in your area. They can help you with any questions you have, and help you choose a seat that suits your needs and budget, and teach you how to install and use it properly.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:05 AM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • It's not the best choice, if you can get a new (or at least newer) one. But it would be better than no car seat at all.
    canadianmom1974

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 12:22 AM on Jan. 15, 2010

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