Can you use a car seat over 10 years old?
We recommend that a child car seat should not be used if it is more than 10 years old, or if the seat has cracks, other damage or frayed straps. Never use a child car seat that you know has been in a crash, or if you can see signs of wear or damage on any part of the seat.
Is it safe to use an old car seat?
ONLY if you: 1) know the full history of the seat and can be 100% certain it has never been in a crash; 2) can ascertain through the labels that it has not been recalled and 3) know it is not beyond the expiration date, then it is safe to use a secondhand seat.
How long do car seats last before they expire?
Yes, car seats typically expire after six years from the date of manufacture. A sticker that provides the serial number includes manufacture and expiration dates. Of course, the seats don’t dissolve on the expiration date at the stroke of midnight.
What age can children sit in the front seat?
Children 3 years and over, up to 135cm tall must sit in the rear and use an adult seat belt. Children aged 12 years or more, or over 135cm tall, may travel the front, but must wear the seat belt. (See the Other Vehicles section).
How do I know if my car seat is safe?
Here’s what to look for on it:
- “This restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. …
- Basic instructions for the seat’s use on the seat and in the manual.
- Manufacturer/distributor’s name and contact information.
- Date of manufacture.
Do backless booster seats expire?
Backless and belt-positioning booster seats last for about 10 years. Use one if your child is 40–57 inches tall or 40–100 pounds.
Does a 10 year old need a booster seat?
All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.
Do 8 year olds need car seats?
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.