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Used Car Seats


A new car safety seat is best for your baby, toddler or older child until he is ready for a standard seat belt. You never know if an old seat bought at a garage sale or received as a hand-me-down has been recalled or was damaged in a crash. But if you absolutely must get a used car safety seat, shop carefully. Do not use a car seat more than 10 years old. Always buy a seat that has a manufacturer’s label, otherwise you can’t check for recalls. Don’t buy a used car seat with cracks in the frame. It may have been damaged in a crash. And don’t use one with missing parts. Again, a new car safety seat is best, but if you do get a used car seat, make sure you are not creating a new safety hazard.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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