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What You Need To Ask Before Buying A Car Seat

WarnockAuto has composed a list of common questions that you may run into when buying car seats. Sources come from a variety of accredited locations. 

Q1: Why Do I Need A Car Seat?

It is a legal requirement for you to have a car seat for your children. You also purchase them to ensure the safety of your children during any car accident. No standard seat belt will be able to protect your children adequately.

Q2: Why Child Car Seats Expire?

Car seats expire because materials in the car seat will break down over time. Typically, car seats have a shelf-life of anywhere between six to ten years. There is a location on any car seat that you can find to determine its expiration date. Usually, you can find them near a bar code or on a sticker.

Other typical reasons for car seat expiration dates include changing standards in manufacturing and the parts not being available anymore. We can listen to the explanation of experts from the following video.

Q3: How Many Years Can I Use My Child Car Seat?

The number of years you can use your car seat will depend on the type that you purchase. In rear-facing car seats, you will be able to get a maximum of two years of use out of it. You get about two to four years in front-facing car seats. Three-in-one and Four-in-one car seats can get up to seven or eight years.

These numbers will vary based on the quality of the car seat. Those made of better materials will last longer. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration date of your car seat. If buying a used one, be doubly sure to check this. If they are unsure, do not buy it.

Q4: Is It Secure For My Baby To Travel In The Front Seat?

The safest place to put your child in when riding a car seat is in the back seat. It is not secure to place your baby in the front seat. Airbags will deploy quickly and most likely injure your child in the process. Their head is likely to bounce against the airbag, causing damage. Car seats are for preventing head movement, which is crucial in a child’s survival during a car accident.


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