Why do carseats have an expiration date?

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Why do carseats have an expiration date?

Carseat FAQ’s

Why do carseats have an expiration date?

All carseats are required to have an expiration date, the main reason for this being that some of the materials used to construct carseats wear and breakdown over time. Most carseats have a plastic shell that can become brittle over time and not allow for the carseat to function properly during a crash. Metal components of the seat may also rust over time in places that you may not see which also can allow the carseat to not function properly. Another reason carseats have an expiration date is that once a carseat is past its expiration date it can become very hard to find replacements parts for the seat; this becomes even harder once the manufacturer stops producing the model carseat you have. 

How do I find my carseat’s expiration date?

Each carseat or booster seat will have a sticker from the manufacturer that lists the year of production. This information may also be stamped into the seat itself or you may be able to find this on the registration card that came with the seat. Many times you will be able to find the carseats usable lifespan in the owners manual or an expiration date in stamped into the seats plastic shell.   

  Should I use a carseat past its expiration date?

 No, you should immediately discontinue use after the carseat has reached or past its expiration date. 

Do we accept carseats that are expired?

No we do not accept carseats that have reached or past their expiration dates. All carseats that are in-store or listed on our website are all within their usable lifespan.