Why Do Children’s Car Seats Have an Expiration Date?
Rochester, New York – A news report posted on whec.com states that most people do not realize that infant and child car seats have an expiration date listed on the unit. The expert in the article states that safety technology continues to improve over time, and this also applies to car seats designed to protect infants and small children.
According to the expert, car seats typically have an expiration date of between 6 to 10 years of their date of manufacture. The expiration date is designed to suit the child’s needs until they’ve reached the height and weight requirement, making the car seat obsolete for the child. Car seats that are “all-in-one car seats “will often have an expiration date of up to 10 years.
Parents should understand this when purchasing a car seat for their infant or small child. Many times, people choose to purchase previously used car seats because of the low cost. However, this could potentially put their child or baby at risk of harm should they be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Older child car seats may not have the latest safety and protection capabilities as current models will have. Also, there has been a rash of recalled infant seats and child seats. When purchasing a used car seat or booster chair, it cannot be determined whether or not that seat was part of a recall and was repaired or if the car seat or booster seat is damaged. Car seat manufacturers advise parents to replace any car seat or booster chair that has been involved in a motor vehicle accident. This is why it is advisable for parents to purchase new car seats and booster chairs for their children and to pay particular attention to the booster seat or car seat expiration date when making a purchase. The risks far outweigh the cost savings when it comes to purchasing a booster seat or car seat for your child.
The national highway transportation safety administration recommends that call car seats be replaced with new car seats when a seat inside a vehicle is involved in a “moderate or severe accident.” This will ensure that child occupant received the highest level of crash protection possible.
According to the NHTSA, approximately 50% of car seats or not set up correctly. The statistic in New York State is even worse. Only 75% of families in the state of New York have their child’s car seat set up properly. For example, one of the most common child car seat or booster chair mistakes involves the harness not being tight enough.
There are several free car seat installation check events that are held throughout the state. Parents with infants or small children are urged to take advantage of these opportunities to make sure that their child’s car seat or booster chair is safe for their children.
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