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anyone know about safety standards on car seats?

We have an older carseat, and when we called the manufacturer to ask about recalls, they said that although there had been no recalls, it was too old to use. Said "it doesn't meet current safety guidelines."

We spent our money on a nice combination front-facing/booster seat, since we *thought* we already had the rear-facing one covered. I need to know if this is just one of those "manufactured obsolescence" issues - a gimmick to make you buy new stuff - or if there is legitimate reason we shouldn't use this seat. I need to know soon, as baby is due in 5 days (!!!).

It's a rear-facing carseat in good condition, and was handed down from friend to friend, so we know it hasn't been in any crashes. It's only 10 years old.


Asked by anend2reticence at 4:44 PM on Jun. 17, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Think about it this way. The car seat has been exposed to years of heat and cold and the plastic is now very weak. It will not hold together in one piece and if you crash will not be able to protect your baby. Hang on a minute and I will find you a video of what happens when a ten year old car seat gets in a crash.

    Answer by jamesmommy512 at 4:49 PM on Jun. 17, 2010

  • its not a scam to get you to buy a new one, before a certain date they aren' good anymore. if you really feel like you are being scammed take it to your local fire dept and theyll let you kno.

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 4:45 PM on Jun. 17, 2010

  • or google what the expiration date is for that car seat. or like momnbabygirl009 said go to the fire department or call them and ask.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Jun. 17, 2010


    The car seat in this video is also 10 years old. Watch what happens to the "child" in the seat during a crash.

    Answer by jamesmommy512 at 4:52 PM on Jun. 17, 2010