How do I find out when my car seat expires?

My sister-in-law gave me her old car seat, thinking I wouldn't need to buy a new one. As much as I appreciate the gesture, I'm a little nervous that it's too old. How can I find out when the car seat expires?

Answer
While it’s great to save money on car seats, you are right to be cautious. Most car seats expire six years after their manufacturing date.
To find out when your seat expires, check the sides, back, and bottom for a manufacturer’s sticker. The sticker should tell you the expiration date and detail the height and weight requirements for the seat.
If you can’t find the sticker, you can use the seat’s model number to locate the expiration date on the manufacturer’s website. Sometimes you can even directly call, message, or email the company for the information.
Don’t forget to look into the car seat’s accident history. If the car seat was ever involved in a collision, it could have internal damage that makes it unsafe. Do not let your child use a car seat that’s been in an accident.
Another good tip for driving with little ones is to invest in a dependable roadside assistance plan. Nothing can ruin your day like waiting for a tow truck while taking care of grumpy kids.
But with Jerry‘s leading roadside assistance, you’ll never have to worry about getting stranded. Jerry’s roadside assistance membership includes jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing. Plus, they’ll even pay for your Uber if you end up needing a tow.
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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