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    Carseat Crazy
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    Can someone link me to a site that explains

    why car seats should not be used after the expiration? Dh doesn't get it, and I'd rather have him read something about it than just what I have to say.

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    Admin - CPS Technician Emeritus Jeanum's Avatar
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    Here's a quote from the Britax FAQ at http://www.britaxusa.net/support/faq.aspx regarding expiration that explains it pretty well (sorry I can't link to it directly due to the way the Britax site uses frames apparently; this is from the general questions category in the FAQ):

    "How long can my child safety seat be used?

    Britax recommends that the use of a child restraint be discontinued if the restraint is older than six years of age or has been in a severe crash. After six years, technology has changed, components degrade from the environment (depending on how and where stored), parts get lost or installed incorrectly, or instructions and labels may not be available or not legible. The restraint may be unsafe and should be destroyed."

    Here's another link to a FAQ I researched and posted to help explain carseat expiration on another carseat board : http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/dcboar...id=46493&page=

    A CPS tech and regular poster here, Skaterbabscpst, has a link to a crash test video showing an expired Britax seat. It's really horrifying to see what happens even though it's a crash test dummy and not an actual child buckled into it. You can probably find it if you do a search of the board, or Skaterbabscpst may see this and post the link again for us.

    HTH!
    Regards,
    Jean

    DD1 Age 16, 66" Driver's Ed
    DD2 Age 12, 64" 5 steps

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    Admin - CPST Instructor wendytthomas's Avatar
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    http://home.comcast.net/~dcbsr/test/..._old_seat.mpeg

    You'll never use a seat a day after it's expiration having seen this.

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
    https://www.car-seat.org/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1353&dateline=1552329  785

  5. #4
    Carseat Crazy
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    Thanks. And, no worries- I'd never use an expired seat anyway. I just needed something to show my Dh to avoid that argument, LOL.

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