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Do car seats expire?

How do I know if a car seat expires...Never been in an accident and the manufacturing date is 2002 and a 2003. There are 2 of them Graco brand

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Asked by twinmomkrone at 10:49 AM on Mar. 24, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • on the bottom of them they have the date ( atleast mine does) ....

    I use to think ti was how can they go bad.... until my cousin used one that was like 8 years old ( she got it at a yard sale to use in the extra car) .... her husband was getting it out of the car on time and yanked on it too hard and the strap broke ! so imagen what it would do in a car accident

    Answer by glamomomo at 11:00 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Yes, car seats do expire. In fact, most car seats have an expiration date on one of the manufacturer labels that can be found on the sides or bottom of the car seat. To find out if a car seat is expired, you should look for that expiration date label first. If there's no expiration date listed, use the date of manufacture and consult the car seat owners' manual. Many manufacturers give a maximum car seat life in the manual. If not, call the manufacturer and ask.

    A few car seat manufacturers allow up to 10 years of life for their car seats, but unless you have specific directions from the manufacturer, the car seat label or the manual that state otherwise, you should stop using a car seat after 6 years. Expired car seats should be destroyed so that no one picks the seat up thinking that it is still safe to use. Good ways to destroy car seats include cutting up the cover, cutting the harness straps, etc.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:10 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • One very good reason to stick to manufacturer's car seat expiration dates is that crash data and tests are constantly being used to make changes to car seats so they can do a better job of protecting children in crashes. Using a car seat that is many years old could mean your baby's car seat isn't utilizing newer technologies that could be lifesaving in a crash, or it could be out of date in terms of safety standards. Older car seats are also more likely to have been involved in a recall that was missed, which could mean there's a dangerous problem with the seat. Giving car seats an expiration date isn't about money. It's about making sure your child's car seat is as safe as possible.

    While I can understand the frustration of throwing away something that still looks good, it's important to understand that the breakdown of a car seat is not something that can always be seen with the naked eye. Car seats are made of plastic

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:11 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Consider what happens to a plastic toy if it is left outside for some time. The plastic becomes brittle and can develop cracks when stressed. Car seats are subjected to extreme heat and extreme cold while sitting in your vehicle, so the plastics eventually react just like that toy left in the sun.




    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:12 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Additionally, last year Toys R Us/Babies R Us did a trade-in. You could bring old car seats/strollers/pack n plays/cribs to the store and get 20% off of a new one. They disposed of the older ones for you.

    They're supposed to be doing another one this year.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:16 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • mine has an expiration date. i thought the same thing too when i purchased it i saw the date and i was oh wow good to know. because her father was going use a old one. he wantd to use evrything old. thankfully she does not spend any time in his car or house.

    Answer by lambdarose at 11:26 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Only if they are recalled or involved in an accident

    Answer by Godswk at 11:58 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • yes they do expired. look at the car seat it should have a manufactured day. if its 02-03 the car seat is expired. unless is one of those thta last 10 yrs. if it expired. do this great way to relieve some stress. take a hammer and beat the crap out of it, cut the belts off and throw them in the trash. and write on the car seat DO NOT USE EXPIRED!! just in case

    Answer by piwife at 12:06 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • TO GODSWK car seats do expired. in case you didnt know

    Answer by piwife at 12:07 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • CAR SEATS EXPIRE AFTER 6 YRS. DO NOT USE THEM IF THEY HAVE EVEN BEEN IN A FENDER BENDER B/C THERE CAN BE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE! Please please PLEASE pass this info on! You can call your local dept of social services or health dept for car seat coupons sometimes as well.

    Answer by Luvmylilmonkies at 12:12 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

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