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What are you supposed to do with expired carseats? Just toss them? Or is there a better option?
 

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I wonder the same thing. I have an expired seat, and they told me to toss it, but to destroy it so no one would try to use it. I have seen several expired seats at thrift stores (I'd say some were 20 years old, like the one Michelle had on Full House) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> and it makes me so mad bc I'm sure people buy them thinking they are safe for their kids
 

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The one I had that expired, I removed the cover and straps and put them in our trash can. Then I wrote DO NOT USE - NOT SAFE with a permanent marker on the leftover hard plastic part and put it in my FIL's business dumpster. Paranoid, perhaps but it was purchased second hand from me and already 7 years old (before I knew carseats actually expired) and I didn't want anyone else using it.<br><br>
ETA: If you don't have access to two trash cans, you can throw it away on different weeks.
 

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We have a car seat installation place that will take them and recycle what is recycleable. I think they also keep the parts that are reuseable like the covers if they fit on newer models.
 

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How can you tell if they are expired? I have the one I used for the kids and it's still in perfect condition (used 4 months with each kid) and it only has the manufacture date on it (May 2002). I was going to give it to the women's shelter if they need it or freecycle it, but I'm not sure if it's "expired".
 

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I was really surprised to see a man with his baby in a reeeaaally old carseat walking into a store the other day. The seat actually had these horrible '80s pastel colors, that's why it caught my eye. DD has one in these colors for her doll. I see old carseats at fleamarkets all the time. I guess a lot of people don't know they're not safe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A car seat expires after 6 years from the date of manufacture.<br>
It may even have an expire date on it somewhere.</div>
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6 years isn't standard- different manufactuers set different times.<br><br>
To get rid of one what I've heard is, cut the straps, take off the cover, bash with a hammer, write DO NOT USE and discard.<br><br><br>
-Angela
 

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If you come across a used carseat that's past the useable date at a resale or thrift shop, bring it to the manager's attention. Tell them why it's unsafe, show them the date of manufacture, etc. If thery refuse to pull it from their floor, buy it and destroy it yourself if you can afford to. I've approached my local Habitat resale shop, Salvation Army and a few other places when they have outdated seats, or even seats with missing parts, etc. They usually pull them from the floor right then.
 

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When I got rid of ours, I actually asked around first to see if someone knew of someone who REALLY needed one. Personally, I'd rather have a child in an old car seat than no car seat. I posted on freecycle thinking that maybe someone who really needed one would respond. I even put in my ad that they were old and shouldn't be used unless someone has no other option. Instead, I got people who just didn't want to buy one asking about them. In the end, they went in the trash.
 

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My DD used it for a dollie chair for a while, and then I tossed it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What makes it expire?</div>
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I have the same question...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have the same question...</div>
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Iirc, the plastic looses strength with time and ultimately the manufacturer can't guarantee its integrity. I believe it probably has a lot to do with potential liability....like a pharacology researcher friend of mine once told me, medicine doesn't automatically go bad on its expiration date but that doesn't mean you should continue to keep it around forever. There is a point at which it really does go bad and the date on the bottle is a combination between reality and cya for the drug company.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I even put in my ad that they were old and shouldn't be used unless someone has no other option. Instead, I got people who just didn't want to buy one asking about them. In the end, they went in the trash.</div>
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its crazy (but all too true)to think that someone<br>
would consider using a car seat for their child, knowing it is not the safest just so they wouldnt have to buy one.<br><br>
I agree that i would also rather see a child in an expired car seat over no car seat.
 

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Thanks everyone! The one we have was given to us (Cosco Touriva) as an extra seat (we never needed it or wanted it but my aunt dropped it off anyway LOL ) and the date on it is in late 2000. Should I even attempt to give it to someone who REALLY needs it at our upcoming yard sale, or should I just toss it?<br><br>
BTW- I told DH about how we're supposed to dispose of it, and he said, "Oh cool!!! I can saw it in half!!" Ha...what a guy.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Let him saw it in half I say.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">BTW- I told DH about how we're supposed to dispose of it, and he said, "Oh cool!!! I can saw it in half!!" Ha...what a guy.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Love the idea!<br><br>
I read somewhere that the rule was to toss a carseat starting anywhere from 6 to 8 years, and if the carseat was in any accidents, even if it appears fine. Horseback riding helmets have similar rules because the materials start to break down after a certain point.
 
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