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Best Booster Car Seat – Children grow quickly, so many of us buy baby gear and children’s clothing in garage sales, consignment stores, even Facebook.
But in partnership with security experts at Consumer Reports, 7 On Your Side’s Michael Finney says you should think twice about buying used car seats.
Like most parents in this car seat security check, Traci Cohen wants his son’s car seat confirmation safe. “Coming to the examination of the car seat just makes me feel much safer, that’s right,” he said.
Traci bought his new son’s seat, but many parents received used goods or bought used car seats. Security experts at Consumer Reports warn not to buy a second, if you do not know the complete history of the chair. “Even if the car seat looks fine, there may be internal damage that you can not see,” said Jen Stockburger, Car Seat Expert at Consumer Reports. “We tested hundreds of car seats and after the collision test, sometimes there is unclear damage,” he said.
Even the chairs used by older siblings who have never had a car accident, may not be okay.
The car seat actually has an expiration date. Approximately six to ten years from the date of manufacture, which is printed in every car seat. “Sometimes they are on the side, sometimes they are beside here, some — many, many, chairs have them downstairs, but somewhere there will be stickers that give you, at least, making dates,” Sarah Ludwig, Passenger Safety Technician Instructor.
“Car seats have an expiration date to ensure that components do not degrade over time, and seats meet the latest safety standards,” Stockburger said.
And security does not cost a bundle. The Cosco Scenera Next is Consumer Reports Best Buy, for around 45 dollars.
Which gives mom like Traci Cohen one thing to worry about. “It makes me feel much better as a first time mom, knowing I’ve done everything I can to make sure she’s as safe in a car as I am,” he said.
If the car seat is outdated or already in moderate to severe condition, it is important to literally, destroy it, so that nothing pulls it out of the sidewalk when you throw it away.
Consumer Reports recommends removing all covers, cutting the rope, and clearly marking the plastic shell: “Never Use.” Or, bring an old car seat to a trade-in event held at a large retailer, such as Target.
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