If you’ve ever asked, “how long are baby seats good for?” you’re not alone. Every day, thousands of drivers travel the roads with either the incorrect car seat or one that’s reached its expiration date and are no longer safe. When do car seats expire? On average, you can expect to use a car seat for between 7 and 10 years safely. Once you start approaching the seven-year mark, it’s a good idea to start shopping for a new brand or model.
What causes a car seat to expire? How do I know if one is expired if I can’t find the date? We’ll answer these questions and more in the following article.
A car seat without any visible warning signs might seem perfectly safe. In fact, if you weren’t aware of the expiration date, you’d probably continue using the seat well past the recommended window. Normally the expiration date is stamped into the plastic on the side or rear of the car seat. Sometimes, it’s printed on a sticker around the same area. If you cannot locate the seat’s expiration date and have no owner’s manual, you can contact the manufacturer and provide them with the model and serial number. This information allows them to look up the expiration date or any potential warnings easily.
Because of the hard plastic used to craft most car seats, it’s difficult to imagine one reaching an expiration date and becoming unsafe for use. The next section explains why a baby seat has an expiration date.
Many drivers probably assume that a car seat’s hard plastic exterior leads to decades of safe use. However, the plastic tends to work against the lifespan of the car seat for several reasons. Consider the following situations:
If you found this article thoroughly answered the question, “When do car seats expire?” you should check some of our additional vehicle safety content. Find out how fast you can travel on a spare tire, how to create a winter safety kit, and many more. We invite all and surrounding area drivers to schedule service at any of our stores if you notice anything unusual or unsafe with your vehicle. You should even look into minor changes just for peace of mind- and we’ll make sure your car is performing efficiently, and get you back on the road safe and sound.
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