Take Expiration Dates Seriously!
The Manufacturers Alliance for Child Passenger Safety (MACPS) encourages adherence to expiration dates as stated by each car seat manufacturer for its car seats. Expiration dates are provided for some or all of the following reasons:
- Because the plastic shell and other components may degrade over time if the car seat has been improperly used or stored in an adverse environment for a prolonged period of time.
- Because exposure of components to many environmental factors including food, drinks, dirt and debris, cleaners and other contaminants may cause degradation of the seat’s effectiveness.
- Because parts of the seat may be lost, installed incorrectly or damaged from potential wear and tear.
- Because instructions or labels may not be available or no longer be legible.
The benefits of expiration dates include:
- Phasing out older seats to ensure that as many of the car seats in circulation as possible benefit from new advancements in safety and technology and incorporate the latest regulatory requirements
- Discouraging second hand car seat use and helping to move recalled products out of circulation.