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    Senior Community Member LaurieB's Avatar
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    Century DOM's, craigslist again

    How do you guys identify a seat and its years of manufacture? You all seem so good at it! ANyway, this: http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/bab/289086921.html popped up on craigslist and it looks like the one I used for DS #1 back in 2000 so it would be expired.

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    Well, the last one was made in 2002.... Hard to say what that one could be w/o asking them.. They were made between 1996-2002.... And had that horrid back bar adjuster.. I HATE that thing..
    Janice, no longer a CPST, and now a single Mommy to C, 10 and big enough to pass the 5-step test and S(born 12/9/09), in a Roundabout 50.

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    Quote Originally Posted by beebear23 View Post
    Well, the last one was made in 2002.... Hard to say what that one could be w/o asking them.. They were made between 1996-2002.... And had that horrid back bar adjuster.. I HATE that thing..
    Is that like the Assura with that metal bar that fits through sewn loops? That's the one my brother and his wife have that is impossible to get a snug fit - one setting is too loose, the next too tight. Plus it's a PITA!
    Last edited by AdventureMom; 03-06-2007 at 12:21 AM. Reason: typo - I need an proofreader!

    DS|2002|FF in Britax Frontier 85 and Graco TurboBooster
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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    Yep, that's it... Many of the old Century infant seats had that type of adjuster. It is a major PITB..
    Janice, no longer a CPST, and now a single Mommy to C, 10 and big enough to pass the 5-step test and S(born 12/9/09), in a Roundabout 50.

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    This was the Century SmartFit Elite or something like that. The rubber that extends down the handle was made later than the SmartFit and SmartFit Plus. I can't remember the exact names... SmartFit, SmartFit Plus, SmartFit Elite (or Supreme?), SmartFit Elite Plus, SmartFit Elite Plus Supreme, etc.... j/k

    There were so many different SmartFits that it is hard to know for sure, but my guess is that this seat was made in 2001-2002.

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    I'm still looking, but these are the types of SmartFit seats I have found so far:

    ~ Century SmartFit
    ~ Century SmartFit Classic
    ~ Century SmartFit Plus
    ~ Century SmartFit Plus V
    ~ Century SmartFit Elite
    ~ Century SmartFit Elite V
    ~ Century SmartFit Supreme

    Then, of course, there is the Century Assura, which is just like the SmartFit, but without the base, I think. Or maybe some Assuras do have a base. I can't remember.

    Do you see why this is confusing? There are AT LEAST SEVEN different (well, sort of) seats with the same name!!!

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    That one is the SmartFit Elite. It was made in, I think, 2001. It was at a specialty baby store when I was in my last year of college. I finished college in 2002 and it had been there awhile. The youngest it could be is 5 years. It was a 5-pt, though. Oy, but that adjuster. Talk about never getting a good fit!
    Jacky, CPST and mom to Kenzie(5) and Maverick(3) Riding in a Frontier, Marathon 70 and Radian, Safety 1st Store N Go and Evenflo Right Fit

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    I emailed her, and here is her response:

    The base has the date 2000 on it. I’m assuming it was all made then. However it was used very little and has been in storage most of it’s ‘life’.
    I, of course emailed her back...
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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    I flagged it Prohibited..
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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    heres what I got back:

    Give me a Freakin' break. so you are the reason. I am glad my car seat is now helping a child be more safe that may not otherwise have had that chance you snobby altruistic knight in shining armour. thanks for saving the world. why don't you join the gates foundation and REALLY make a difference.

    Heres what I wrote:

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that car seats like yours expire after 6 years and are not safe for any child to use. The plastic shell begins to degrade and can shatter in a crash. Check out www.car-seat.org for more information. In the mean time, I will flag your post, just wanted to let you know the reason why.

    Guess from now on, I'll just flag without giving a reason, but I only flag when I KNOW its expired....

    Laurie

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieB View Post
    heres what I got back:

    Give me a Freakin' break. so you are the reason. I am glad my car seat is now helping a child be more safe that may not otherwise have had that chance you snobby altruistic knight in shining armour. thanks for saving the world. why don't you join the gates foundation and REALLY make a difference.

    Heres what I wrote:

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that car seats like yours expire after 6 years and are not safe for any child to use. The plastic shell begins to degrade and can shatter in a crash. Check out www.car-seat.org for more information. In the mean time, I will flag your post, just wanted to let you know the reason why.

    Guess from now on, I'll just flag without giving a reason, but I only flag when I KNOW its expired....

    Laurie
    Oh wow! What an awful response you got... You did the right thing - too bad she doesn't get it... And still wow - that's just a nasty reply...

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    DD|2007|FF in two Britax Frontier 85's

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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    Wow. That was so not cool. Why do people think that SAFETY is optional?
    DS1 9 yo 75+ lbs 5pt in a Frontier
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    Re: Century DOM's, craigslist again

    I usually just ask for a date of manufactur and a model number and then I flag it(or tell ebay, depending on which site I'm using).. I've gotten too many rude responses like this one..

    That really bites..
    Janice, no longer a CPST, and now a single Mommy to C, 10 and big enough to pass the 5-step test and S(born 12/9/09), in a Roundabout 50.

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