I wanted to have it professionally installed, because that carseat was a PAIN to install rear facing for me and I could not trust that someone else would do it right.
The lady was sooo happy that I wanted it professionally installed. She said she had been installing her daughters infant carrier incorrectly the entire time.
I have turned yet another parent on to proper car use.
I do however understand why you would be concerned.
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
Half-marathon running Mommy to 3 spunky girls and 1 sweet boy. Spending my days and nights where my kids need me most- at home with them!!
What do I do with it?
I always encourage people to call Safe Kids NM and have a tech install their seat when I give one away. But I can't enforce that, any more than I can enforce it with parents who buy a seat from BRU.
When I posted on Freecycle I stated that it had to be picked up and installed at the fire station. I have also posted to other parents who are freecyling carseats about the firestation and this should be the norm. I wanted to make absolutely sure that it was installed professionally. I would have been worried sick if I just let anyone just have the seat.
This weekend, I was at the Really, Really, freemarket and someone dropped off two carseats. I immediately went over and checked them out and made sure they weren't expired. One of them was a century from 1984. I insisted that it be trashed, with the straps removed. The other one, was fairly new. I wasn't sure how to say that one had to be removed too. So I left it alone. I think I would have been a little more proactive.