Originally Posted by Jynuine
Oh wow, don't get me started on my views on CPS...... >.< There's another GREAT thread here on Mothering on what to do about them, but yeah one reason I am not happy about having to birth in a hospital. Some also hold you hostage if you dont have a carseat that is less than 7 years old.
I'm sure this post was made tongue-in-cheek but, to any new moms reading who don't realize that Jynuine is joking, I'd like to make it clear that, if on the off chance someone actually tried to take home an infant from the hospital in a 7 year old carseat, the staff would be well within bounds to not let that happen!
Car seats have expiration dates because most are made of plastic and plastic becomes brittle and can develop cracks over time. Car seats are subjected to extreme heat and extreme cold while sitting in your vehicle, so the plastics eventually react just like that toy left in the sun. You may not be able to see that the plastic is breaking down, or is more brittle, but that change could be dangerous in a crash when the car seat shell is stressed. Even if it *looks* brand new, it isn't and should not be used.
Remember that medical staff and CPS are not always "The Man" trying to take all the fun out of parenting.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled thread! :)