Expiring Infant Car Seat

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Expiring Infant Car Seat

I thought to look at our pre-existing infant car seat today and discovered that it expires in June 2013. Ugh! If it went just a few more months, then it would be perfect timing to switch to a different rear-facing seat. How terrible would it be to use it until like August?

Am I being cheap and ridiculous for not just buying a new one or completely reasonable? Lay it on me. We can afford a new seat. I just hate to do it for a couple of extra months of convenience. Who knows, maybe we'll be ready to switch baby in June anyway...

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Do you mean 2012?

Oh, never mind. I misread. I have only ever kept the kids in their infant seat for maybe 6 months and then switched to a convertible.

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I'd just keep using it. As long as it's always been yours, so you know it's been well taken care of.

I took a carseat class a few years ago, and learned that (other than a car crash) the biggest concern with them is the plastic being exposed to temperature changes. Going from hot to cold for a number of years can weaken it. I'm pretty sure the dates are set WELL within when they are actually unsafe, because those manufacturers want to be sure to avoid law suits. I also had babies in car seats before they even made them with expiration dates, so that may make me a little more relaxed about it. Smile

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Ugh! That stinks! I was worried about ours too but it expires in Sept 2013.

Do you know anyone that might have one you could use for a few months from the time yours expries to the time you're ready to switch (or someone you trust you buy a used one from)? I probably wouldn't spend money on another one right now but I also would be hesitant to use it after the expiration. But just a couple months....ugh that's tough. More than likely it would be fine but I'm such a crazy woman about car seats.

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Where do you find out about when your carseat expires?
I had planned to reuse mine- because mainly Kevin wants to,
but I love an excuse to just buy new, and fresh, and I wondered if ours might be outdated (we bought it 4 years ago) and that something safer might be out there.
I guess I shld look into it!!!

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Cait there is a date stamped on the bottom or side.

Andrea I would probably stick with the one you have now. My kids almost never stay in their car seat for a year. We switched Ari at 9 mos.

I will have to check my infant carrier. I was wondering if it might be expired since we used it with #5 n #6.

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I'm not sure why you want to wait till October to switch? If you're going to switch to another rear facing car seat anyway, why does it matter?

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I just love the convenience of snapping it into the travel system, especially for summer activities....but I've never had a kid in the fall before. I guess he/she would probably prefer sitting in a regular stroller by then. I've also had kids fall asleep in the carseat and then brought them inside in the carrier and let them continue to sleep pretty easily. Hmm. Thanks for the input! I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Cait - The expiration date should be on the bottom, like Tiffany said.

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We usually only use the infant seat for the first 6-9 months, and then switch them to a RF convertible. Ours should still be good until 2014 or maybe 2015, so we're in no danger of it expiring.

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"lemonlemon" wrote:

Where do you find out about when your carseat expires?
I had planned to reuse mine- because mainly Kevin wants to,
but I love an excuse to just buy new, and fresh, and I wondered if ours might be outdated (we bought it 4 years ago) and that something safer might be out there.
I guess I shld look into it!!!

I'm guessing if yours was new 4 years ago it will still be ok. We got ours just over 4 years ago and it expires in Sept 2013.

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The more I think about this I think you'd be ok to use it an extra month or two if wanted. The expiration date is for the danger of the plastic weakening. The manufacturer wouldn't push the expiration date so close to the actual date of where the seat is unsafe and it isn't going to happen over night. Granted if something were to happen that the seat malfunctioned outside of the expiration date they obvisously wouldn't be liable but like I said, they aren't going to push the date that close - I wouldn't imagine anyway.

My opinion is if you want to get another month or so out of it I probably would use it. But no more than two months. By three months after I'd be done.

JMO! Biggrin

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I would never use an expired car seat, so I would get a new one when that expires. What I would do is get a great high rearfacing weight convertible when that expires, but if you still like the portability of the infant seat, what about hanging onto it to use in the stroller or carrying around? Just switch? I know it seems like some extra work, but it's a thought.

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Also was thinking, Babies r us always has the great trade in events, you trade in something (carseat for example) get 25% off a new one!! :):)