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    How many kids should a seat go through before it is retired?

    I have a head cold so that probably reads as bad as it sounds in my head. I have a Graco infant car seat (I think the Snugride, green and blue plaid) DOM is 05/02. The seat was used for my son and then a friend's daughter. My cousin is expecting for May and I was wondering if I should lend the seat to her.

    Does it matter how many kids use a seat? Do you just go by DOM?

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    Re: How many kids should a seat go through before it is retired?

    Yeah, just six years from DOM is the rule...and of course no broken parts, check for recalls, and make sure you have the manual (www.gracobaby.com has them all listed for download if you need one)

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    Re: How many kids should a seat go through before it is retired?

    AS long as you have all the parts, as Julie mentioned, it should be fine.

    Your cousin's baby will probably be the last to use the seat, though, since it will expire in 5/08. That would be my guess, at least.

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    Re: How many kids should a seat go through before it is retired?

    I think it depends on how well its taken care of, plus the DOM. I have seen so many seats that are just filthy, mold, dirt, twisted straps. And when I tell people that you can take the seat apart and wash it they look at me like I just given them a revelation.

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    Re: How many kids should a seat go through before it is retired?

    Thanks everyone. If she decides that she wants to use the seat then I will order a new harness for it so we won't have to wonder if the straps were ever washed. It's in really good shape, manual and locking clip are still on the back in their holders.
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