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#1 of 4 Old 05-10-2012, 03:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Quick question: is it ok to buy a Sunshine Radian seat used because the steel frame isn't impacted after an accident? I thought I read this somewhere (that they don't expire either?) But thought I should check here.

Someone locally is selling two for $50 each and I normally wouldn't buy a used seat but thought I should check to see if these are any different. Thanks in advance!

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#2 of 4 Old 05-10-2012, 05:55 AM
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I would not buy any car seat used. I've never heard that the Radian doesn't need to be replaced after an accident. I doubt that's true. The straps can still get stretched out, and there is plastic on the seat, which can fail. Also, Radian car seats do expire.

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No, they are not different.  It does have a longer expiration date than most (8 years), but it still has plastic and other parts that degrade with time.


Regardless of seat or brand, never buy a used seat from a stranger, only ever with someone you could trust your child's life with!

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#4 of 4 Old 05-10-2012, 03:23 PM
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Just confirming, no, that is absolutely NOT true.  The Radian must be replaced after a crash, like any other seat, has an expiration date, different depending on which model you have, and should never be used if it's from an unknown source. 

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