Expiration dates on car seats – there’s a lot of confusion on this subject, so today, we thought it was the right time to clear a few things up. Everyone with a child probably knows about the expiry dates on their little one’s seats, but the big question is – do you understand what it means? Let’s unravel the myths from the truth and find out exactly what you need to know!
What are expiration dates?
The truth is that child car seats don’t really have an official expiry date – but it is a little more complicated than that. Different seats have a varying degree of longevity, but as a rule, manufacturers recommend that you use a seat for no longer than 10 years. However, no law says you can’t use an old seat, and it’s purely a recommendation of safety – a ‘service life,’ if you like.
Why is it a safety recommendation?
Child car seats are sophisticated little devices and have highly important parts to strap your child in safely to the car. Over time, it’s likely that you might experience fraying of straps, damage to the connections, and, of course, your kids will be much bigger in six years than they are now. It’s also important to remember that child car seats are made of plastic, which is durable but hardly invincible, and will degrade over time. So, while there is no official expiry, the little date on the sticker of your seat will give you a huge clue on when you should consider replacing it.
Does it affect your insurance?
If you have an accident in a car with a child seat, most insurers will cover you for the cost of replacement. Even the cheap car insurance policies will do this for you on the whole, so there isn’t much need to worry if your seat is within the expiry date. But what if it isn’t? Well, the good news is that it is likely your claim will go through without a hitch, although, of course, there are always outstanding situations where it might not