Would you use an expired car seat?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you use an expired car seat?
    Absolutely not! : (69 votes)
    84 %
    Yes, if it came from a reliable family member. : (7 votes)
    9 %
    Yes, manufacturers just want you to buy new! Expiration dates are silly. : (6 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Never in a bazillion years would I use a carseat that I didn’t know the history of, let alone if it were expired.

    They have expiry dates for a reason, the plastic and other materials degrade over time and loose strength. Getting it from Craigslist, you don’t even know if it had been in an accident before. You can’t tell that from appearance, but the integrity of the seat could very well be damaged.

    Please buy something new. please.


    Post # 4
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @amw511s:  I don’t think I can justify not spending $250 for the peace of mind of having my daughter safe in her car seat and stroller.


    Post # 5
    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @amw511s:  I’m with you- safety is worth the money! An alternative to spending the $250 would be to get a used (but not expired) seat from Craigslist? We splurged on Britax carseat, Bob stroller and Maclaren stroller, but we are due with our second so we will get our money’s worth out of the items! There are a lot of almost-new systems on CL though- worth a look!

    Post # 6
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yeah, I’d be more worried about not knowing whether it had been in an accident or not. Either way, I think a new car seat is in order.

    Post # 7
    3787 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wouldn’t use a “used” car seat or an expired ones. I’m totally for getting second hand baby stuff, but car seats? Nope. Too important.

    I do, however, not plan to buy a “travel system” or a super expensive seat. They’re all tested for safety, so we’ll be buying a convertable seat in the lower-to-mid price range that also happens to fit in our tiny car.

    Post # 8
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @amw511s:  I would never use a used or expired carseat, so definitely not both. The only exception would be in an emergency situation – obviously a used, expired one is better than nothing. But, absolutely not for every day use. 

    Post # 9
    4440 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Today I learned: Car seats have expiration dates!

    Lol! Never knew this. Interesting. It does make sense, though..just never knew.

    Post # 10
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Absolutely not.  There are only a few things you should buy new for your baby and a car seat is one of them.  It is one of the most used items and one of the most important in regards to safety.  Think of all of the new rules/regulations regarding car seats that have come out since 2006.  Not to mention the wear and tear on a car seat that has been used and/or stored for 7 years.

    Buy second hand clothes and toys, even a stroller.  But buy a brand new car seat.

    Post # 13
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @BellaDee:  +1. Who knew a carseat could expire. Obviously non-parents!

    Post # 14
    1463 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would never risk the life of my baby for saving a few dollars.  You’re making the right call to buy a new one. 

    Post # 15
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think you need to get a new car seat (I am actually surprised the hospital let you leave with an expired one)– but you only need the car seat, the stroller should be fine.  If you like the stroller, just look for another Graco infant seat you like that is compatible with your stroller, the car seat alone should be way less than $250!

    Post # 16
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Nope, nope, nope.

    I agree with the PP that when it comes to safety and protection there really isn’t a pricetag that can be applied. It just isn’t worth the risk. Glad you went with getting a new one OP.

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