Children’s car seats don’t last forever. All child seats develop ‘wear & tear’ even when they have not been involved in a collision. If you have bought a quality restraint (for example an infant carrier) which has had its maximum use from baby number 1, it was well looked after and used again for baby number 2. Then that has been a good purchase and it has successfully done its job! It is now time to take it to the local recycling point, not the charity shop.
Some basic questions if you are thinking of a second-hand car seat……
Do you know its history?
Could it have been involved in a collision?
Do you take the seller's word for it?
Can you strip the seat down to check?
Is the harness damaged or frayed?
How should the cover be cleaned?
Could you identify a weakness in the seat?
Could you live with yourself if a worst-case scenario occurred and the seat failed in a collision?