Smart Buyers Guide: Cribs & Car Seats

Before purchasing a used cribs or car seats, be sure to take these steps to ensure that you will be satisfied with your purchase for years to come.

Check the condition of the item

Check to see if the item is damaged in any way. If you detect any sign of damage, consider walking away from the sale as it may not be a safe option for your child.

If you're purchasing a car seat, ask the seller if they are the original owner of the car seat. If they are not the original owner, they may not know the whole history of the item and whether it is 100% safe for your child. Be sure to ask if the car seat has been in an accident, even if it was a minor fender-bender, as even small accidents can compromise the structure of the safety equipment. 

Check the expiration date

The expiration for most car seats is between 5 to 9 years after they were manufactured. We recommend checking the expiration date of the car seat before completing your purchase. You can usually find this mailing-label-sized sticker on the back of the car seat. If the sticker is missing or you're unable to read the expiry date, you should consider passing on the purchase.


Occasionally items will be recalled by companies due to defects & safety hazards. Check whether the item has been recalled by the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission using the model number. 

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