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How long can you use a convertible car seat, in terms of years?

I have been reading up on car seats, and I've seen a site suggest that convertible car seats won't last as long as they claim they can because of the expiration limits and safety, as with any car seat. Is this true?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes, all car seats expire... most seats are around 6 years.... so a convertible seat that goes from baby to child, even if it happens to convert to a booster isn't going to last long enough for a child to be out of a seat because in most states you need to be in a booster until you are 8 years old. However.... there are almost no seats on the market that would do a good job of that anyway... a seat like the Alpha Omega would probably be outgrown by the age of 3 by most kids even though it claims to fit kids for longer... it's a crappy seat. Sometime like the Radian however, which doesn't convert to a booster but allows you to harness would easily allow you to go from newborn to at least a low back booster.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 6:11 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Most seats expire around 5-6 years and that I don't think my child will be in a convertible seat for more then 6 years before outgrowing it and needing a booster instead. Now you wouldn't be able to use it for a second child. My son was in an infant carrier until he was 8 months old and then went into his convertible that he grew out of at about age 4 and he is now in a high back booster. Since there is a couple years left in his convertible we use it as a back up seat for his sister now.

    Answer by aeneva at 7:29 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

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