Updated: Jan 22, 2019
Did you know car seats have expiration dates?
So I just found out that car seats have an expiration date! How do I go 4 years with a whole child and not know that?! On the bright side, most car seats have a 6 to 10 year life span before you have to purchase a new one. So that means you should probably take a good look at that expiration date before handing over that Abraham Lincoln at the next garage sale.
It does make sense though; because after so many years the material begins to break down and as expected there is normal wear and tear that takes place. You don't want to be driving down the street with cute little pooh bear and she's suddenly punching the back of your seat because the plastic buckle has broken.
How Do I Know When it Expires?
Most brands such as #graco and #evenflo list their expiration on the bottom or back of the seat. Some have them on the inside of the seat. It's best to get acquainted with the expiration as soon as you get the seat. However, I do not think you'd be using the same seat for 10 years unless you plan on recycling with each child. Nonetheless, stay expiration date woke.
Visit (http://www.car-safety.org/) for the latest car seat safety standards.