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How old is too old for an infant carseat?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am due with baby #2 in January. I was planning on using DS' infant carseat with this new baby, but I'm hearing about carseats "expiring." The carseat will be approximately 4 and a half years old when #2 is born. It was used with two infants previously. Never in any accident of any kind.

Any advice or know where I can go for the right info? THANKS!
post #2 of 9
Car seats have the expiration date printed on the bottom side. Check the expiration date, but for what you were saying (4 years) it sounds like it already expired.
post #3 of 9
what brand is it? most infant seats are good for 5 years from dom..
post #4 of 9
Most seats are good for 6 years. But it depends. Find the expiration date on that seat to be sure.

-Angela
post #5 of 9
scroll down a bit to see brand specific expiry times http://www.childrestraintsafety.com/...xpiration.html
post #6 of 9
If it's a 5 point harness with no recalls and is less than the exp date, I'd go ahead and use it. If it's not a 5 point, I'd replace it even if it's not expired.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Wow! Thank you all so much! I will have DH dig the seat out of the garage and check it. It is a Graco. According to the website, it's good for 6 years.
post #8 of 9
Most carseats expire at 6 years, not five or four.

If it is only a 3 point carseat, however, you should replace it.
post #9 of 9
Yep, what 3beans said.
Most seats expire in 6 years. The primo viaggio infant seat does expire in 5, and *some* of the dorel seats claim an 8 yr expiration, although not any of the infant seats, I do not believe. I do not know of ANY seat that expires in less than 5 years. You should be able to find a date of manufacture and an expiration date on your seat. If it IS graco, then ytes, it is a 6 year expiration, so would probably last through this baby. But again, if it is a 3 point seat, ditch it and get a 5 pt one. REALLY.
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