It’s important to replace your child car seats after about 5-6 years. The expiration date can be often be found on the manufacturer’s label. Child car seats go an excellent job of protecting your child in the event of an accident. After an accident, the car sear, regardless of it’s age, may need to be replaced, with the exception of minor accidents. According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a minor accident is characterized by ALL 5 of the following:
- The vehicle was able to be driven away from the accident.
- The vehicle door closest to the safety seat was undamaged.
- Nobody inside the vehicle was injured.
- None of the airbags deployed.
- There is no visible damage to the car seat.
If the accident DOES NOT MEET all five of the conditions above, the car seat needs to be replaced.