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Do car seats expire?

Car seats are like food: all come with a shelf life.

Do not use a car seat if it has previously been involved in a car crash or has been previously owned and you do not have access to the registration of that car seat. All car seats should be registered with the manufacturer. If you don’t register your seat, the manufacturer will not be able to contact you in the event of a recall or safety notice relating to your product.

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    1. Very true, Carolina! Many parents don’t know they expire and hand them off to another family in need. It’s a great idea in theory but can be very dangerous for your little one.

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      1. I’m struggling with that now! Have a gently used one that is expired. It seems awful to throw it away, but don’t want to give it away knowing it’s expired. Going to check with my city recycling program to see if the car seat (without cover and straps) can be recycled.

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        1. I think recycling is a great idea. I bet more people would do it if they were aware of this problem with expired car seats. I do like the fact that they do not let you leave the hospital without making sure that your car seat is safe. We just put ours together last night in case this baby arrives early 🙂

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          1. Smart! That way there’s no last minute scrambling. 🙂

    2. I see them sold at garage sales all the time. My friend wanted to buy one and I advised against a used car seat.

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