Hand-me-down car seat concerns

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, explains whether hand-me-down car seats are safe for your child to use, and how to tell if they are still safe to use
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Hand-me-down car seat concerns

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Hand-me-down car seats are safe to use if you, number one, know where it came from like if it is a family member, you are having your second child and you are using your infant seat again, anything that you know the history of the car seat and you know that all the pieces are there and that the harness is routed correctly, everything is where it is supposed to be. Using it from one child to another in the same family or passing it around cousins or whatever like that, that´s fine. Then, within the years of the infant seat before it expires, which most infant seats are six years, seven years, if it is within that timeframe for your particular carseat, sure you can use it again. What we tell people is always reregister it in your own name so that if there are any any recalls or anything, you know about it. So generally speaking, buy your own carseat brand new but if you get a hand-me-down through your family, make sure it is within its range for not being expired and make sure that all the pieces are there.

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, explains whether hand-me-down car seats are safe for your child to use, and how to tell if they are still safe to use

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Cynthia Crothers

Car Seat Specialist

Cynthia Crothers of KidzSeatz Carseat Installation Service is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialist in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Cindy is the mother of five daughters and has six grandchildren.  An eager student, Cindy had the opportunity to go through a five day training with Sit Safe, the VW and Audi CPS training program. Amazed at how car seats and car seat safety has changed over the years, Cindy became a strong advocate for child passenger safety starting with her own grandchildren. Thousands of families later, she currently offers detailed hands-on training sessions for parents and caregivers. A parent needs to know how to customize and reinstall their car seat correctly and use it correctly for their child to have the best chance of surviving a crash. Vehicles are the number one killer of children under 16 years old. To Cindy, nothing is more important in protecting children on the move.

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