TAKING NOTES ON BUYING SECOND HAND CAR SEATS.

Important tips & recommendations

If you decide to buy a second hand child restraint system, you need to consider the following:

  • Be cautious when buying a car seat from an unknown origin, as it could have been involved in an accident. Have the car seat examined by a professional to make sure that it is up to standard.
  • Car seats get old, so make sure you to get a new one when you are expecting a third child.
  • Certain car seat models are usually considered outdated after just three to four years.

WHAT ARE THE INHERENT DANGERS IN USING A USED OR AN OLD CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM?

Small hairline cracks can form over time in the seat shell as result of an accident. The fractures are often too small to see with the naked eye, but if the seat is still in use they will gradually get bigger. A crack that looks harmless can suddenly be triggered thus becoming a complete material failure. This can occur unexpectedly during a car crash due to the great forces to which the seat is exposed to on impact. 

Otherwise, these tiny cracks can grow gradually due to other factors such as: constant use, exposure to sunlight, which lead to the weakening of the material over time. Therefore, only use second-hand seats that comply with the test label ECE-R-44/03, or those who are no older than four years, and car seats with a known origin (for example, from siblings, family or good friends) and have never been involved in an accident of any sort, even minor. 

Always remember that a used seat must perform and fit the car and child as well as a new seat. Otherwise, it cannot offer sufficient protection!