When Do Car Seats Expire?
Do car seats expire?
As shocking as this might sounds, the answer is yes, car seats do expire. Just like that bottle of milk in your refrigerator that has lived through several power outages will go sour, car seats also have expiry dates. Not that it is mandated by the United States government, but manufacturers put it upon themselves to acknowledge that the car seats work best within a time span of six to ten years from the manufacturing date.
According to Chad Sparling, director of engineering at Recaro Child Safety, simple booster car seats will last approximately a decade while much more complex designs made for babies and infants will last for a shorter period. These expiration dates are primarily put in place not to increase the manufacturer's sales but to ensure that children have maximum protection during a crash.
Where can you find the expiration date?
The time of expiration is mostly stamped on the manufacturer label located on the sides and base of the car seat. Some labels may show the date of manufacture which would translate to expiration date being six years after.
The clock to expiry date starts ticking after manufacturing and not purchase. You should, therefore, be on the lookout for newest model to prolong the life span it will serve you and your family. The other thing that should not confuse you as a parent is the cost. You should not be fooled into thinking an expensive car seat will serve you longer.
In conclusion, it is your duty as a parent to ensure that your child is safe in your car. Be sure to register your car seat and make sure to update the manufacturer with your information contacts. These assure you that you will get the updates of recalls and any other safety information.