Is my car seat still safe?

Is my old car seat still safe?

Yes, car seats typically expire after six years from the date of manufacture. A sticker that provides the serial number includes manufacture and expiration dates. Of course, the seats don’t dissolve on the expiration date at the stroke of midnight.

Can you use a car seat over 10 years old?

We recommend that a child car seat should not be used if it is more than 10 years old, or if the seat has cracks, other damage or frayed straps. Never use a child car seat that you know has been in a crash, or if you can see signs of wear or damage on any part of the seat.

Is Target Recycling car seats in 2020?

Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including: infant car seats, convertible car seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, as well as car seats that are expired or damaged.

What happens if you use an expired car seat?

What do I do if a car seat is expired? A car seat or booster seat that has expired should be permanently disposed of so it cannot be reused by any one else. Car seat technicians tell parents to “destroy” the car seat.

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How long can you use a car seat before it expires?

In general, car seats expire between 6 and 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Can you use an expired car seat base?

Like many baby products, car seat bases do expire. Similar to car seats, bases have to meet manufacturers testing limits. So eventually, they are bound to wear out after years of use.

When should my child change car seats?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which enforces vehicle safety standards to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle accidents, recommends replacing a child’s car seat after a moderate or severe crash. There’s no need to replace a child’s car seat after a minor crash, according to NHTSA.

Does my 5 year old need a 5-point harness?

Even big kids need to be safe in cars! NHTSA recommends children remain in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat. At which time, the child can move into a belt positioning device.

Can a 5 year old sit in the front seat of a car?

If a child restraint is not available, children under 3 years must travel in the rear, but may be unrestrained. Children 3 years and over, up to 135cm tall must sit in the rear and use an adult seat belt. Children aged 12 years or more, or over 135cm tall, may travel the front, but must wear the seat belt.