used car seat
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vanessagw23 posted:
My coworker gave me a very gently used infant car seat, and one of my other friends mentioned to me that you aren't suppossed to use a car seat that is used. Do you agree?
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sweets1988 responded:
you can but because they can be outdated very quickly. but if you can take it to your local fire department and they can check to see if its up to code. i would agree to use it as long as a professional said it was alright.
 
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aly192527 responded:
The only thing I've heard is that you aren't supposed to use a car seat if it's been in an accident. You can also check online to make sure it wasn't recalled for some reason. The federal government has a list of recalled baby items. We're on a budget and if someone offered us a used car seat, I'd accept unless it was recalled or really, really old.
 
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earleyml1012 responded:
You can use it if it's less than 5 years old and has never been in an accident. Since you know her, you can ask all of these questions and make sure you get a users manual. They seem easy to put in but they aren't. We thought we had ours in right until we took it to a place that inspected them for free, they fixed it for us.

I have NOTHING against buying used but to me there are a few things that I find are too important for both safety and health to get used. Those are carseats, cribs, and anything feeding related that goes into the mouth. That's just my opinion. If she gives you all the info on the carseat and you feel comfortable with it, then go for it.
 
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loyal1982 responded:
There should be an expiration date on the bottom of it somewhere. Check it out.
 
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loyal1982 replied to loyal1982's response:
If it is still good maybe you could use it as a secondary carseat for the grandparents car or someone like that.
 
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critty123 responded:
If it is from a trusted friend or relative and not expired or of course never been in an accident there shouldn't be a problem. As long as that person took proper care of it, like did not saturate the harness straps. Many people don't know that you shouldn't do this and wash them incorrectly.
 
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vanessagw23 responded:
Thanks everyone! I'll look into it to make sure that it isn't expired, which it shouldn't be it's only 2 years old, and check it for recalls.