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the risks of using an expired carseat??

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NICHOLEG6
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12/17/06 7:13 P

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When it comes to my babies life I would rather not risk it.


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12/17/06 6:05 P

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Here our local Sheriff's department runs safety checks on carseats. If your carseat does not meet the correct standards, then they give you a new one free of charge. Check with your local law enforcement and see if they have a similar program.

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WISHIEFAY
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12/17/06 5:23 P

 
 
I have also read that after an accident--no matter how small or minor it seems--that the car seat should be replaced because their might be some sort of damage/wear to it that we don't see.

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12/17/06 2:17 P

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I always like to err on the side of caution. Plastic isn't impervious to wear and tear. I can see why they put an expiry to it.

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12/17/06 2:05 A

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I would also agree. Between boiling summers and frozen winters, the plastic in the carseats takes a beating and begins to become brittle.

If buying a newer one is out of budget, make a few calls. Our department of health has a class that gives out carseats to people after the class.



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12/16/06 5:56 P

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no, that's a legitimate "big deal". The plastic does not hold, the climate changes of 5 consecutive years get to it, and it does not provide the protection that it should.

I didn't use to think it was a big deal, but then I had a friend go through 'car-safety' training, and she explained how many things ARE a big deal, including having an expert install it, putting the handleback (for the buckets) and really really waiting til your children meet BOTh guidelines for front facing/boosters etc.

If you don't want to spend too much money on a new one, you can find organizations that'll give them out for $25 bucks, some hospitals give out carseats too.


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12/16/06 5:29 P

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Is it really a huge deal or is it just one of those things companies do to cover their a***s and make more money???
thoughts and info???


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