Should I buy a used car seat?

I need an extra car seat and saw a bunch of excellent brands at my favorite second hand baby store. My friend told me never to buy a used one it could be dangerous. Any thoughts


Asked by missv66 at 2:26 PM on Jan. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have before, but I didn't use it. I found a really cheap one at a yard sale and brought it with me to one of the carseat checkpoints we have around here at the fire deparment. They gave me a new one free. If you have an old one or your baby outgrows the one you have they will switch it out for you. (I'm in NY). That might be something you want to check into in your area. The ones you've seen might be fine, but I just couldn't trust that they hadn't been in an accident without knowing where it came from.

    Answer by whittear at 2:31 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • There is always the question it could be dangorous just because you don't know how old they are or if they have been in a car wreck or something else. I for one would not unless I knew the person I was getting it from. You might be able to talk with the owner of the second hand store to tell her that you are interested in buying a car seat and to ask what her policies are on selling car seats. I don't think by law she can sell any car seat unless they are ok. Hope that helps

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I got a used car seat, but it was from my sister, and had been barely used, and was not that old. Otherwise I would not have used it at all.

    Answer by hoopys19 at 2:36 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • BUY a used car seat? NEVER. The owner of the store is trusting that the person selling it to him was telling the truth about it never being in an accident. Even a small bumper-thumper can harm the seat. And the person selling it to the store has a large incentive to not tell the truth... money for the seat.
    If you see one on Freecycle, where another parent is giving it away for free, then probably yes. They have no reason to lie to you, nothing to gain. It's easier to throw the seat out.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:40 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I bought a used car seat, couldn't pass it up. It was a Britax seat for $175, retails for over $250. I was told that if the police are dispatched to an accident they will take any car seats from the vehicles involved so they can not be resold. Also the seats are all imprinted with the manufacture date so you know exactly how old the seat is. In my opinion if you do a little research you can get some really great deals by buying a used seat. Good Luck!

    Answer by hanasmommie at 3:00 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • Police do not take the seats here. Never buy a used carseat. It is not worth the risk, no matter how small. You can replace a carseat, not a child.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 3:16 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I wouldn't do it....especially from a second hand store. You have no way of knowing the true history of the seat. If it's been in one little accident, it's no longer safe!! Too many people will reuse them or resale them and they are not safe.

    If you do, at least get all the information off of the tag first...then research if it's been recalled for any reason and make sure of the manufacture date...they're only good for about 5 years.

    There is never any good reason to take a chance when it comes to the safety of a baby.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 3:18 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I agee with Grandma - the police do not take the car seats at the scenes of accidents in California.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:14 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • i think if it looks good and is safe and sturdy then go ahead, i dont know anyone who would donate any baby safty devices whether it be carseats or baby beds that were broke and the owners or workers should look at it closley befor they can seel it.

    Answer by armerswife at 8:59 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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