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Car seat styrofoam is cracked - do I need a new one?
If dc has only just gone in the seat and is going tp be in it for a few year i would defiantly get a new one. Maybe one that covers two groups would be cheaper in the end. Maxi cosy seats say in the instructions that they should be replaced after 6 years
In-car safety centre recently told us that car seats are good for 5 years, which I found interesting as I always thought 6 or 7.
it is a bugger replacing seats, and even more irritating when you have to change seats (need to fit 3 seats in car as dc3 due soon) and a perfectly good, nay excellent seat has to be scrapped because you can't do anything else with it <exasperated sigh>
It's really easy to damage it, if you ever put pressure on the side impact "wings". When choosing a group 1 seat the fitter put it in the car and I went to "check" the fit by putting my hand on this and sort of pushing from side to side. She said "Ooooh no, never do that, you can crack the polystyrene!" and then showed me that with a FF seat you check the fit by pulling on the straps to check it doesn't move away from the car backseat.
DP regularly does the "shake seat to check it's in properly" thing to reassure DS he's in safely I have tried to tell him he can damage it, but he doesn't believe me.
I know this is a long time after the thread was started, but I had the same problem. I just phoned Britax and they can do a replacement for £7. I was about to take it to the tip - so glad I searched on the internet first and decided it was worth ringing!