How do I check the expiration date of a car seat?

I'm having another baby soon, and I was hoping I could get by without buying another car seat. But I just learned that car seats expire! How can I check the expiration date for my current car seat?

Answer
Congratulations on the new baby! There are several places you can look for the car seat expiration date. But the best place to get started is on the car seat itself.
Some of the most popular brands like Graco and Evenflo put the expiration dates on the bottom, backs, or sides of their seats. Britax recommends using the seat’s manufacturer number to find the correct expiration date in the user manual.
Almost all car seat manufacturers also post the expiration dates online, and you can always call the company’s 1-800 number for further assistance.
Remember, you should always get a new car seat after a moderate to severe accident. Internal damage could make the seat dangerous for children, even if it looks fine from the outside. Luckily, your insurance provider will reimburse the cost of a new seat after an accident if you have collision coverage.
If you don’t have collision coverage, download the Jerry app to get quotes from over 50 top providers for free. With Jerry, users save an average of nearly $900 a year on car insurance! And that money can really come in handy with a new baby around!
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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