Blast from the Past! We decided to re-visit one of our more popular product topics–car seat expiration. Many people are not even aware that car seats have expiration dates. But they do! Below are some helpful tips to find out if your car seat has expired.
Question #1: How many years can I use my car seat?
Six (6) years is the general recommendation. Each manufacturer determines the specific useful life for its seats. The reason for these limits involve possible degradation of the plastic shell or other parts, the possible loss/breakage of parts, and the fact that older seats sometimes do not meet current government safety standards (http://www.car-safety.org/)
Question #2: How do I find out when my car seat expires?
There are two things that can help you find out your car seat is still in good standing:
1. Expiration Date Imprint:
We imprint “DO NOT use this car seat after Month, Year” on the bottom of every car seat.
2. Registering Your Product:
We place a sticker with the model # and date of manufacture OR serial # on every car seat. This information can then be used to register your Graco car seat in one of three ways: mail in card that comes the seat, call Graco’s consumer service center 1-800-345-4109 or register your product online.
Once your product is registered, Graco can notify you in the event of a recall or you can more easily order replacement parts like a new car seat pad.
Question #3: Where do I find the expiration date, model # and serial #/manufacture date on my Graco car seat?
Your model # and manufacture date is on the under side of your car seat. For more detailed information on this check out our useful guides.
Question #4: What do I do with an expired car seat?
Twice a year, Babies R Us, hosts a Trade-In event that you can trade in your old car seats (or any baby gear item) and you receive money off a new gear item. If you need to dispose of your car seat and Babies R Us is not hosting their Trade-In event, then you should cut the straps of the harness so someone doesn’t try to re-use the expired seat for their child.
I hope this clears up some questions you may have had regarding car seat expiration. If your car seat is expired, please dispose of it properly & have fun picking out a new one for your little one!