Originally Posted by vbactivist
I honestly am not trying to antoagnoize anyone. I just truly believe that there is way to much emphasis put on car seat usage these days.
I am stating my personal opinions and experiences, not claiming that certain things are "laws". I googled your statement and did not come up with anything. I have never ead that using an expired carseat is beeaking any law.
Others have provided examples. Many states have proper use clauses, which means that you must use carseats in accordance with manufacturer's directions. Most carseats expire after six years. For seats that do not have dates specified, NHTSA has set a ten-year expiry.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children (actually, all people aged 1 to 34). Using car seats and seatbelts properly saves lives. I'm still sharing a bed with and nursing my 6-year-old: I understand and respect attachment parenting. But I want to parent my child, not mourn her. Keeping my child alive is the most basic thing I can do for her. And if keeping her alive means making her mad -- not abandoned or neglected, because I'd be talking to her and reassuring her while she stays in her carseat -- then she'll just have to be mad, so she can stay alive for me to make up with her later.