Most car seats last between six and 10 years, but car seat expiration dates vary by manufacturer. The expiration date is often printed on the seat itself; if not, check the instruction manual for each car seat you own or give the manufacturer a call.
How long can you keep an infant car seat?
Yes, car seats typically expire after six years from the date of manufacture. A sticker that provides the serial number includes manufacture and expiration dates. Of course, the seats don’t dissolve on the expiration date at the stroke of midnight.
What is the height and weight limit for an infant car seat?
California: Children under 2 years, 40 lbs., and 40 in. are required to be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under 8 years and less than 57 in. must be in a proper child restraint system in the back seat of the vehicle.
What happens if you use an expired car seat?
The plastic just couldn’t stand up to the combination of age, heat, and sun. The same is possible for a car seat that has extended past its expiration: the plastic could break apart and fail to serve its purpose of keeping a child safe and uninjured in a crash. Most car seats also have metal parts that wear over time.
How do I dispose of an expired car seat?
Remove the car seat cover and any padding underneath it. Discard the fabric, foam padding, straps and mixed metal-plastic pieces and small plastic pieces. Mark the plastic as expired or unsafe. Recycle the bulky plastic body and all-metal pieces.
How long is a Graco infant car seat good for?
Depending on the model, Graco car seats typically last from seven to ten years. A majority of the Graco infant car seats expire seven years after the date of manufacturing. Most of the convertible car seats expire ten years after the date of manufacturing.
How many pounds can an infant car seat hold?
Infant-Only Seats (Birth to 22-35 Pounds)
You’ll need to buy another seat when your baby outgrows it. Infant-only seats are designed to protect babies from birth until they reach up to 35 pounds (about 16 kilograms), depending on the model. Infant car seats should always be installed to face the rear of the car.
How do I know if my child is too tall for her car seat?
You know your child is getting too tall for his forward-facing car seat when the top of his ears reach the top of the seat. Switch to a booster seat when your child reaches the weight or height limit of the forward-facing child safety seat, as he is still too small to fit properly in a vehicle safety belt.