Lifespan Table

All car seats (includes capsules, convertibles and booster seats) expire. This includes imported car seats from all countries. The lifespan range is typically 5-10 years from the date of manufacture (DOM). Some people are told that it is from the date of purchase, however this is not correct.

The table below covers a range of seats sold in New Zealand.

Brand Standard Life span
Babylove (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Babysafe (UK)
UK ECE 44.03
- Capsules 6 years
- Car seats & boosters 10 years
Baby Trend (US) NZS 1754 6 years
Babywell (UK) UK ECE 44.03 6 years
Brio (UK) UK ECE 44.03 10 years
Britax (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Britax (UK) UK ECE 44.03 10 years
Britax (US) Boulevard NZS 1754 7 years
Britax (US) Frontier NZS 1754 9 Years
Compass (US) NZS 1754 7 years
Diono (US) NZS 1754 10 years
Edinburgh Capsules (UK) UK ECE 44.03 6 years
Edinburgh 3 in one boosters(UK) UK ECE 44.03 10 years
Evenflo (US) NZS 1754 6 years
- Capsules / Covertibles 6 years
- Symphony / E3 8 years
Graco (US) Not approved  
Graco (UK) UK ECE 44.03 6 years
Hipod (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Infa Secure (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Dorel branded seats (US) NZS 1754 6 years
- Cosco NZS 1754
- Alpha omega 3 in 1 type (US) NZS 1754 8 years
Mother's Choice, Zuzu, Aunger, Babywise (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Mamma's and Pappa's (UK) UK ECE 44.03 5 years
Maxi Cosi (UK) UK ECE 44.03 5 years
Nania/Tex (US/UK) UK ECE 44.03 7 years
Phil & Teds (UK) UK ECE 44.03 6 years
Recaro (UK) UK ECE 44.03 10 years
Safe-n-Sound (AU) AS/NZS 1754 10 years
Safety 1st (US) NZS 1754  
6 years
Complete Air 8 years
Sunshine Kids (US) NZS 8 years
Vita (AU) AS/NZS 10 years
Brands not mentioned
Such as Jolly Jumper, Baby Star, Petite Baby, Smoosh Baby, Boom Baby, Milano... these are typically 10 years from manufacture. They are not listed as often they are re-branded models of other seats above.
If they have a base to clip into they will last up to 10 years, no base, then 6 years.
Various 6-10 years
Updated Aug 2013

*NYA - Not yet approved/certifed. Pending. New seat awaiting testing/certification

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Use the links below to find out more:

| Learn how to tell how old your car seat is
| Find out what seats have been recalled/affected
| How to safely dispose of an expired car seat
| Frequently asked questions