My Friend Is Giving Me Her Used Car Seat. How Can I Tell If It Is Safe Or Dangerous For My Baby?

Having a child can be expensive as clothes, diapers, strollers, cribs, car seats and more can add up very quickly. This is why many parents look to friends, neighbors and relatives to inherit hand-me-downs. While it may be safe to use your friend’s rocking chair or clothes, you may want to think again about using her child’s used car seat.

Determining if the Used Car Seat Is Safe

If the car seat looks damaged, even if it has cracks in the plastic or frayed  straps, you should never use it. Also, if the car seat is over five years old, you should not use it. Find out from your friend about the car seat’s history. For example, ask her if she inherited it from someone else or if she purchased it brand new. This way you may be able to determine if it has ever been in a South Florida car crash.

While we know your friend is being generous and you don’t want to look unappreciative, it is important that you find out if the car seat has even been in a minor fender bender. While saving money is important, your child’s safety is more important which is why you should never use a car seat that has been in any type of crash.

You can also do some research on your own about the car seat. By knowing the model number and manufacturer, you can look to see if the car seat has been recalled. You can always contact the manufacturer to find out if there have been any recalls on the car seat before using it and to ask for a new instruction booklet.

By doing your research on the car seat, you can help protect your child in the event of a collision. If you or your child has been hurt in a crash due to the negligence of another, you may have legal rights to a financial recovery. Contact us today to find out how we can help.