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What would you do?

(13 Posts)
lauren6283 Sun 13-Jul-14 11:15:35

My mum has been given a Maxi-Cosi Priori XP for my son to use in her car. The seat has been used for three children (so probably over the 6 year expiry) and I noticed it has duct tape on the polystyrene (am not sure if it's cracked or not because I didn't realise it mattered at the time). Anyway my mother in law has been told in a baby store that you can't use a car seat with cracked polystyrene.

I've looked around and the cheapest options are around £40, which I don't really expect my mum to pay any more than that as it's only goin to be used once a week. And I've read a lot recently about how cheaper car seats aren't as safe (I know Asda sold the Nania car seats that were recalled because they weren't up to standard). So my question is, would it be safer to buy a new car seat which is not as good quality, or to stick with the old one?

What would you do?

lauren6283 Sun 13-Jul-14 11:16:36

Probably should have added that I rarely have the car and we live in a third floor apartment so it's not really practical to switch ours from car to car.

fledermaus Sun 13-Jul-14 11:18:13

I'd buy a new one.

Hobby2014 Sun 13-Jul-14 11:19:44

I'd buy a new one too. On the basis that car seats have to meet minimum regulations etc which will be safer than a out of date, damaged one.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 13-Jul-14 11:20:18

no I would not use a seat that is that old and that is held together with duct tape - I would get a new one. Could you go halves with her on a better seat (or pay for a seat for her car) especially as it is for your child?

Ihateparties Sun 13-Jul-14 22:43:51

If the fabrics are still okay you could remove them all and the strap pads, give it all a good wash and ebay it. Put the money towards a new one.

JoyceDivision Sun 13-Jul-14 22:46:58

what group car seat is it? The 0 -9 months (appx) or the 9months to 4yr (appx) of the 3 / 4yr+ booster(high backed) seat?

We have an internal sales section at work where people can sell things, and often baby items come up including car seats (i pass mineonto family) and people tend to sell only if they are safe to continue being used

If you aren't happy suing it Iwouldn't sell it on.

Gumps Sun 13-Jul-14 22:47:55

Defo buy a new one, either yourself or of your mum has kindly offered, why not top up her £40 to buy a better one if you are worried. Kiddicare are very reasonable.

Ihateparties Mon 14-Jul-14 11:04:29

I didn't mean the structure of the seat, only the fabrics, reading back I didn't make that clear. Oops. Remove fabrics, wash, sell fabrics, tip structure of seat. That's what I did with too old seats and ones that I had lent out thus did not really know what had happened to them.

snala Mon 14-Jul-14 13:30:54

Buy a new one!!!
Ill never understand people's logic about car seats!!!
It doesn't matter how often it's used, it still needs to fit for purpose.
Please don't sell it on eBay and put someone else's child at risk.
Regarding seats in general buy the best you can afford. £40 for your child's life?

Ihateparties Mon 14-Jul-14 14:05:18

You can buy a new set of fabric covers from maxi cosi, I don't know of any safety issues with selling a set of used fabrics if they are in appropriately good condition?

snala Mon 14-Jul-14 18:12:31

I'm sure the fabrics would be fine, just not the actual seat.
Maybe I have mis read the post?

Ihateparties Mon 14-Jul-14 18:16:52

No you haven't, I miss-wrote it! When I said remove all the fabrics, wash it all and sell I should have specified at that point I did mean just the fabrics and not the whole seat blush

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