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5 year life of car seat...wwyd

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Hi

I bought a friends 2nd hand bugaboo chameleon, and her maxi cosi car seat and isofix base. I know the advice re 2nd hand car seats but I know this family well and am confident the seat has never been involved in an accident.

Anyway, I came across a thread on here that mentioned the 5 year life span of a car seat. Despite this being dc3 I had never heard of such a thing. My friends eldest dc is 5 in November, and my dc is due next month, I've just read the instruction manual for both the seat and the base and they both say product should be disposed of after 5 years - but lets face it they want to sell more products..

My friend has 2 dc, so the seat and base would have been in use for 2 of the 5 years. Would you replace both?

I'll strip the cover off and see of there is a manufacturing date, on the instructions it says 5 years from purchase which is what made me a bit hmm

All very interesting. My DCs are 3 and 5, I would be happy to get them high back boosters in a couple of years to replace them I suppose, the underneath of the straps looked revolting when I last took the covers off to wash after travel sickness vomiting.

peanutMD Sun 02-Sep-12 18:54:40

I think they allow for 18 months shop storage as usually shops have to sell within this time frame which is why you see last seasons colours for rediculous prices.

saltnpepashere Sun 02-Sep-12 21:15:56

I started a thread about this a few days ago. Can anyone post a link to some independent research about it - when I have googled it just comes up with baby websites or the car seat companies themselves.

Am sceptical about it myself, particularly when, as others said, they are only used for about a year at a time anyway.

Also, what is the point of buying a group 1,2,3 car seat if you are not going to use it from 9kg to 12 years?

I've decided to get a new seat and base. I'm not convinced that there is anything wrong with the other one but really is it worth the risk? Thanks for all the contributions smile

iwantedanonymity Tue 04-Sep-12 12:12:10

unimpressed if this means that having bought a kiddy guardian to last DD1 til she no longer needs a booster i'll have to bin it when she is 8 and buy a new one to last til aged 12 and another for DD2

That is exactly what it means, I really think it needs highlighting, lots of people buy the age 4-12 seats and will have no idea it mightn't be safe

notso Tue 04-Sep-12 12:38:23

I don't know about Maxi-Cosi but when I checked about DS1's old seat on the Britax website it said,
"If you have bought the seat and know it's history, in principle there is nothing against further use, if it corresponds to the current valid safety."

Shangers Tue 04-Sep-12 12:50:10

"All car seats have little dials on them"

thanks pinkappleby! I tasked my DH with checking DS1s cabriofix for DC2s arrival in December. He swore blind that there were no dates on it but we didn't know about the dials - For anyone who is looking for the date on a maxi cosi cabriofix (apparently manufactured in 2008!) it's inside the little box bit on the back of the seat - it's virtually impossible to read it so I tried taking a photo of it with a flash but couldn't get the right angle.... what did work was putting a piece of paper onto it and rubbing with a pencil - gave a pretty clear print and think I've got it figured out now.... which means I've got a new problem now..... by the time I start using it, the seat will be 4.5 years old and I'd probably have the baby in it for a year sooooo..... and since we live in a hot country I'd say that it has had its fair share of sitting in a hot car or cupboard.....

Now I'm worried about the isofix base that we have - does anyone know if they are the same plastic? I guess I'll have to get it out and have a look!

By the way, I had emailed Maxi cosi a few months ago about where to find the date and this was their singularly unhelpful! answer:

"Thank you for your enquiry.

Maxi-Cosi recommends that car seats are replaced when they reach five-six years old due to the natural degradation of the plastics and polystyrenes involved in making them safe for use. After five years these materials may have become brittle with age, and in the event of an accident they may break and not provide the level of safety that you would want for your child.

Please note that this is purely a recommendation. "

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