Post # 1
Mommas, tell me – would you use an expired car seat? My mom graciously bought us a used Graco travel system when I was pregnant. She found it on craigslist which made me a little leary, but it looks nice and is in great condition except for a few scrapes here and there on the seat itself and the stroller. Our little girl was born on September 29, 2013 and we’ve been using both the stroller and car seat since we brought her home. However, I just now discovered that car seats have expiration dates!! How did I not know about this before?? I looked on the bottom of our seat and it was manufactured in October 2006. SEVEN YEARS AGO and it is well past the expiration date of October 2012 now. I called my mom to ask her about it and she said they put those dates on there so people buy new seats, etc. Well that may be true to a certain extent, I’m sure the safety of these seats have improved since 2006. So, what would you do?
I really think we need to bite the bullet and just buy a new travel system. My husband is on the fence as he tends to think expiration dates on car seats are a consumer ploy… like my mom. But, he said we can buy a new one if that’s what I really want. I might agree with both of them if the travel system came from a reliable family member and we knew it hasn’t been in any accidents, but that is not the case since it came from Craigslist.
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 # 3
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
@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
@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
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
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
@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
Today I learned: Car seats have expiration dates!
Lol! Never knew this. Interesting. It does make sense, though..just never knew.
Post # 10
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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 # 12
Thanks ladies. I kind of knew the answer to this all along, but I wanted your opinons too. We are off to Buy Buy Baby tonight to buy a new one! Good thing I have my 20% off coupon!
Post # 13
@BellaDee: +1. Who knew a carseat could expire. Obviously non-parents!
Post # 14
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
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
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.