Is it OK to use a car seat after the expiration date?

How long can you use a car seat after it expires?

Or if your friend offers you a seat their child has outgrown, can you use that? The short answer is maybe, maybe not — because car seats have expiration dates. In general, car seats expire between 6 and 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Is it OK to use expired car seat?

NHTSA says there is no regulation prohibiting parents from using an expired car seat and most states don’t say anything about a car seat’s expiration in their laws. But many states’ car seats laws do require a parent to use the car seat per the manufacturer’s instructions.

How important is the expiration date on a car seat?

Most manufacturers give their car seats expiration dates of 6 to 10 years after they’re made, at which point a car seat could, at best, have outdated technology, and at worst, no longer meet the safety standards of the seats on the market. “The industry is fast-moving and really evolving all the time,” Dunn says.

What to do with a carseat after it expires?

If you do find that the car seat is expired or it’s been in a moderate to severe car crash, there are still things you can do.

  1. Trade-In Events. Some big-box stores usually hold car seat trade-in events throughout the year. …
  2. Donate It. …
  3. Proper Recycling Protocol. …
  4. Proper Trash Protocol.
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Do toddler car seats 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.

Is it illegal to use an expired car seat in Texas?

While there is no specific Texas law forbidding this seat placement, state regulations do require you to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Also be aware that safety seats expire after 6 years from the date when they are manufactured.