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How Long are Car Seats Good for?

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Car seats in New Haven do, in fact, have an expiration date, which you may find shocking. The more you think about it, the more sense it makes; baby seats are subjected to a lot of abuse. So, how long are car seats good for? When do car seats expire? A car seat can only be used safely for a specific period of time, usually 7-10 years. Have you purchased a car seat for your child, or are you intending to do so soon for your new vehicle? Learn more about baby seats and their durability in the sections below.

If you’re looking for advice on the right car seat, contact our parts team today. We use genuine OEM parts and accessories and can help you with outfitting your Mazda just the way you want. 

How Can You Tell if a Baby Seat is Expired? 

How long are baby seats good for? Unless the car seat is visibly damaged, it’s not immediately showing that the seat is out of date. The best way to tell if a car seat is expired is to look for a sticker that gives you info on the manufacture, model, and serial number, not to mention the expiration date on the seat. North Haven drivers might also be able to find these facts on the car seat’s plastic shell.

Why Do Car Seats Expire?

Car seats are mostly made out of hard plastic, which doesn’t last forever. There are a host of reasons why car seats expire, including:

  • Over time, hard plastic deteriorates. Heat, cold, sunlight, humidity, and age can all cause hard plastic to become brittle.
  • Car seats are constructed out of metal pieces, which can corrode over time. This in addition to hard plastics.
  • Baby seats can become obsolete over time, making replacement parts incredibly difficult to come by for Wallingford buyers.
  • Technological advancements happen at a rapid pace these days, thanks to a concentration on research and development, and manufacturers want to ensure their goods fulfill updated safety requirements and best practice guidelines.
  • Because of technological developments, car seats sometimes fall out of favor. As technology and safety requirements advance, models become safer and easier to operate.
  • Over time, your baby’s seat might lose pieces. The seat pads are washed repeatedly and the belts are rotated again and again. Car seats become difficult to use if they don’t have all the parts with them.

Get More Car Care Facts from Hamden Mazda

We hope we’ve answered “How long are baby seats good for?” for you. If you’ve got other questions, we suggest you check out our car buying tips page. And if you’ve got questions about buying a car, we can help with that too. Check out our value your trade tool if you’re looking to trade up your vehicle with a new kid coming on the way.

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