Graco defines “useful life” as 10 years for belt-positioning boosters and for steel-reinforced belt path car seats and 7 years for plastic-reinforced belt path car seats.
How long can a baby stay in a Graco car seat?
Thanks to Graco, you can comfortably seat your child rear facing all the way up to two years old OR 40 pounds!
Do Graco car seat bases expire?
Graco car seats bases expire 7 or 10 years after the manufacturing date, along with the car seat. If you have a steel-reinforced belt path, the “useful life” is 10 years. For a plastic-reinforced belt path, you get 7 years before you need to replace the base and the seat.
Can I use an expired 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. … Rather, you should plan on replacing them at or around the expiration date.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
At what age do you change car seats?
When your child is at least age 5 and outgrows the forward-facing car seat with harness, use a booster seat in the back seat. Use a booster seat until the belt fits correctly. A booster seat is often needed until 4 ft 9 in (145 cm) tall. Your child may be 12 years old before ready for an adult safety belt.
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.