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How Often Should I Replace My Child’s Car Seat?

Families with multiple kids may find it easier to reuse the same car/booster seat for each child, but recent guidelines have shown that they should be replaced more often than not. Here is what you need to know about ensuring that your child is as safe as possible in the car.

When to Replace the Booster Seat

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you replace your child’s car seat every five to six years. The AAP also recommends that you check the expiration date on the car seat, which is typically stamped on the bottom or back of the seat.

Why You Should Replace It

It is important to replace your child’s car seat for a few reasons. First, as your child gets older and grows, they will need a bigger and better-fitting seat. Additionally, after years of use, car seats can start to degrade and may not provide the same level of protection as they did when they were new. Finally, if you have been in a car accident, it is always best to replace your child’s car seat, even if it looks undamaged.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also maintains a list of car seat recalls, and you can register yours with the agency to get alerts if any parts are defective.

What About Hand-Me-Downs?

If you are considering using a hand-me-down car seat, it is important to do your research first. You should make sure that the seat has not been recalled and that it has not expired. Additionally, you should never use a car seat that has been in a car accident, even if it looks fine. If you have any questions about whether or not a particular car seat is safe to use, you can always contact the manufacturer for more information.

The team at Martin Jean & Jackson is dedicated to keeping your family safe on the roads. If you’ve been involved in a car crash caused by another person, schedule a free consultation with our firm today by calling .