VIDEO: Why You Should Always Buy New Children's Car Seats

by SPerry on ‎02-03-2016 10:46 AM - last edited on ‎03-03-2016 01:53 PM by Lithium Technologies (1,169 Views)

Buying used car seats can put your child in danger. Here, four reasons to buy new.


With spring here, the season for yard sales has arrived, and it’s always nice to save by buying used items. But it’s not a good idea to buy some used goods—especially car seats. Here are four reasons you should always buy new.


  1. The car seat you buy may be damaged. Worn and damaged seats don’t offer maximum protection in a crash. 
  1. Used car seats may have been recalled due to defects. Using a recalled seat puts your child at risk. When you buy your new seat, register the seat using the model number on the seat’s label. You can call the phone number, also listed on the label, or visit the NHTSA website. You’ll be notified if your car seat is recalled.
  1. Just like eggs, yogurt and other food products, car seats can expire. If a seat has expired, it could fail in a crash because the materials deteriorate over time. Find the expiration date at the bottom or back of a seat. 
  1. Used seats may be missing key parts. Car seats have many parts—hardware, straps, clips, instruction manuals and more. If some parts are gone, that makes the seat less effective in a crash.

Find more helpful tips on car seats at Safe Seats 4 Kids.


A version of this story appears in the March/April 2016 issue of AAA Living magazine.


Image credit/source: iStock/AAA National (Knowlera Media)

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