Car seat strap question

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Car seat strap question

I found a car seat I want to buy from a local consignment store. The numbers are good, it's not recalled, it's in good and safe condition, and all that jazz. BUT there are no straps. Anybody know where I can order straps online? Do I have to have a certain kind for a certain seat? Do I need any other info? Thanks Ladies!

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I don't believe you can buy functional car seat parts separately, aside from things like covers or recall 'fix it' kits.

Usually straps are removed, or cut, when the car seat has been intended for disposal. It's pretty common to do that, so someone doesn't pick it up off the curb to use. Because of that, it's likely that you can't purchase new straps. I'd also be wary, if that is the case, that car seat may not be in as good condition as the seller is claiming. Sometimes you can't see from the outside of the seat if it has been in a car accident. The issues might be internal.

I'm not sure about the US, but here in Canada, it's illegal to sell or give away a used car seat that doesn't meet safety requirements and part of that includes properly functioning straps.

That said, could you contact the maker with the product number and ask about things like new straps and expiry dates?

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Yes, you'd need to contact the manufacturer. Quite honestly, the consignment store should take the responsibility to do that and sell it in complete condition. My consignment store won't sell a high chair without the straps...

(They may have been removed to use the seat as a booster/belt positioner and then just lost - and *maybe* not.. be cautious. I have a couple seats to rid of and I did read that I should remove/cut the straps before leaving them in the trash becasue people do take them and try to use or sell them.)

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The consignment store is selling it as a booster, and not as a car seat. But I had heard somewhere that I could purchase the straps online. I figured if that was the case, I could get an additional car seat for my mom's car, since she has the baby so much and I hate moving the Britax back and forth. But after pursuing the straps, and still not feeling completely comfortable with the consignment store, I've decided against it. We'll get her a seat from Costco that's brand new and I am confident will be completely safe. Thanks for the input, ladies, I appreciate you helping me make the decision about this.

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I deliberated answering you last night. I wanted to tell you to pass on the car seat and look for a new one. Albeebaby.com has great prices on so many brand names and they ship for free (or at least over a certain amount I think). I got our Britax seat from them and got a better deal than the BRU trade in event.

I am just weary when it comes to something as important as a car seat. Like Jordan said, there could be hidden issues. Best to go new when it comes to car seats IMO.

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I second the albeebaby.com site. Wow! We just bought a seat for 239...I got a flyer in the mail from buy buy baby and they were selling the SAME SEAT for 339! Plus I got free shipping! And, the manufacture date was may 2011, so brand new seat for 100 bucks less! YAY!

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"Malysa78" wrote:

I second the albeebaby.com site. Wow! We just bought a seat for 239...I got a flyer in the mail from buy buy baby and they were selling the SAME SEAT for 339! Plus I got free shipping! And, the manufacture date was may 2011, so brand new seat for 100 bucks less! YAY!

It's a great sight, isn't it? And good customer service.

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Even better! My friend told me about a car seat fair this weekend, and they give out free car seats. I'll be going, having them "fit" Than for a new car seat, and get a new and safe car seat. Best of both worlds! Yay!

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We were in a minor car accident with our two older kiddos in their car seats. Insurance replaced the car seats, but I had to email them pictures of the car seat with the straps cut to show that it would not be used again. I would be pretty leery of any place that sold a car seat with straps cut, and also selling a car seat as a 'booster'. I am a pretty cheap person overall, but car seats is something I just don't mess with. We buy well tested, high end car seats and look for deals on other stuff.

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When we bought Than's main car seat, we did the same thing. We sat there in BRU and looked up safety rating and reviews on every seat we were interested in. We walked out with the Britax Boulevard, spent over $400 (ouch!), and we are confident our baby will be safe. For a backup car seat, I was investigating options to spend less than that amount. But after more research, we've ruled it out. We'll go with other avenues that ensure getting a brand new seat that doesn't have an unknown history behind it.