Friday, November 14, 2008

FYI - Car Seat Expirations

I was talking with a friend last night who had never heard that car seats can expire and just in case anyone else hadn't heard either I thought I would share the information. All car seats contain a manufacture date on them. Some of them will also contain their expiration date, if they do not the manual will or the general rule of six years can be used. After six years (or the date on your seat) the chair should be destroyed so that no one else tries to use it.

The reason for this is two fold, one, degradation of the materials, and two, safety factors. The materials used will degrade over time. There is a internet clip that shows a crash test of a car seat that is 10 years old, and the "child" is thrown out of the chair. The second reason of safety is just that over time the car seats are improved and the safety features enhanced.

I hope this can help someone out!

1 comment:

Leserlee said...

Yeah, ours is expired. I think it expired in December of 2005. I justified still using it because it hasn't been in continous use over that time. It was used for one of Carl's nieces (they are twins, who are now in kindergarten), then for Abigail for about 6-9 months, and now Bryant. I hadn't really thought about degradation of materials, I just kinda thought it would degrade faster if it was used continuosly. It still seems pretty sturdy. I think Carl has given it some pretty good tugs. I guess if all else fails, we can put him in the convertible seat, which doesn't come out of a base. It stays in the car all the time. Thanks for the info.