Manufacture & Expiry Dates
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.
Where seats expire less than 10 years from the manufacutre date there is often a "Do not use after" date embossed into the seat somewhere. This is never a sticker. It normally ends on December 31 XXXX, this is a specified of number of years from the date the seat was made in its country of origin.
The life span does not depend on how well the seat was looked after, or how many children have used the seat.
If you cannot find the expiry date, you will then need to locate the manufacture date. Most will have a sticker with the date on the side of, or underneath the seat. All seats have a clock system stamped on them, some are easy to locate while others are hidden under the seat covers. The manufacture date helps identify how old the seat is, if it has been in any recalls and when it can no longer be used based on its life span.
If the sticker cannot be read, or cannot be found on the seat, is it likely that the seat has exceeded the maximum life span limit, or has been so many times that is is now in similar in condition to a seat that is 10 years old.
Once a seat expires, or has been in an accident, the life span becomes zero. The car seat needs to be disposed of safely, to prevent other people from using the seat again.
Use the links below to find out more:
|| Learn how to tell how old your car seat is|
|| A list of many brands and their lifespan|
|| Find out what seats have been recalled/affected|
|| How to safely dispose of an expired car seat|
|| Frequently asked questions|