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    carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Can someone explain why it is ok to ship a carseat and not to check on a plane? A debate from a mommy board I'm on. I was saying how carseats can get thrown around and broken or have unseen damage to them. Someone said that they have seen fedex and UPS toss things around as well. Would it make a differance if it was in a carseat bag?
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    Car seats are shipped in cardboard boxes that are snug to the seat. They are designed to the the brunt of any force from shipping. Kind of like car crumple zones.

    If be comfortable checking a cat seat in its original box.
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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Our radian seats were tight in the box, and the FR85 too. I'm pretty sure all the dorel seats hand lots of extra space in those boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy
    Our radian seats were tight in the box, and the FR85 too. I'm pretty sure all the dorel seats hand lots of extra space in those boxes.
    I don't know about all, but our Maci-Cosi Pria (they're Dorel, right?) had a TON of space and no padding inside the box... but so did our Graco MyRide.
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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Even if there's space in the box, the box itself is limiting the distance that the seat will move around. If the seat in the box is tossed/dropped from a high/large distance it's going to destroy the box and you'll have some evidence that there might be a problem.
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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Good question. I don't remember if I've ever received a seat in padding, outside the box itself, and have wished they had some. On the other hand, when I received a seat in a very, badly damaged box, I did refuse it, assuming the seat had been through more than I was comfortable with. Still, I don't know everything that happened to the others.

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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Quote Originally Posted by Katy View Post
    Can someone explain why it is ok to ship a carseat and not to check on a plane? ... I was saying how carseats can get thrown around and broken or have unseen damage to them. Someone said that they have seen fedex and UPS toss things around as well. Would it make a differance if it was in a carseat bag?
    Gate checked items need to be lowered from the jetway to the ground. They the get loaded in the cargo bin with tons of other unsecured items. Then they have to find their way back up to the jetway.

    I personally witnessed ramp personnel toss an infant carrier down the 20 ft or so from the jetway. It landed on pavement and almost for sure caused unseen damage. Sadly I did not deal with it as I had to work and it was on another gate (damage due handling to seats and strollers are usually the airlines responsibility).

    So to answer your question, it's wise to NOT gate check any seat, use it on board instead.

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    Ramp workers are not kind to baggage and they don't always handle items with care. Like the PP I have seen ramp workers toss carseats around when gate checked.

    There is also the chance your seat won't get on the plane. I have had them not load my son's gate checked stroller twice. It is more likely to be mishandled than forgotten, but I wouldn't want to risk either.

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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Assuming it is checked in a box, the main difference would be that the shipping carrier will replace an item they damaged but an airline won't. Also, Shipping companies tend to fire employees who are habitually careless with items (since it costs them money to replace the items) whereas the airlines don't even track who handles what.
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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    Quote Originally Posted by Katy View Post
    Can someone explain why it is ok to ship a carseat and not to check on a plane? A debate from a mommy board I'm on. I was saying how carseats can get thrown around and broken or have unseen damage to them. Someone said that they have seen fedex and UPS toss things around as well. Would it make a differance if it was in a carseat bag?
    I feel somewhat differently than some others here on the checking issue. The biggest reason that I won't check a seat is that I'm not guaranteed to have it at my destination. My luggage (including gate-checked) does not always arrive at the same time that I do. If I don't take my seat on the plane, I am not guaranteed to have it when I arrive and I don't trust a seat from a rental car company.

    I used seats on the plane until my kids are old enough (IMO) not to need them. I have been known to put boosters and other seats in my luggage on my way home because I don't need them at my destination - I have my car and my normal seats.

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    Re: carseats, OK to ship but not to check

    I'm surprised they're even asking this question.

    When a shipping company transports something, it's their business to get the merchandise to the destination in good shape. That's their primary goal.

    An airline transports people. The baggage is just an added service.

    Airlines are under tight scheduling and timing restrictions. No one will care if a package is a few hours late. But the airlines are under pressure to get those checked items on board and get going. Being careful is not a priority.

    And as many have pointed out, you need your car seat on the same flight. If that gets messed up, you don't have a safe way to transport your child.
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