Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Question: Do child safety seats have expiration dates?
Answer: Yes. A child-safety seat has an expiration date and it can be anywhere from six to 10 years after it was manufactured.
To find the expiration date, check the bottom of the car seat for the date of manufacture.
You can call the company to find out when the model is no longer recommended for use.
As for car seats that have been involved in an accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says you can re-use that seat only if it meets the following criteria:
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- There are no visible cracks or deformation
- The car involved in the crash was capable of being driven from the scene of the accident
- The car door nearest the child safety seat was undamaged
- There were no injuries to anyone in the car
- The air bags did not deploy