Babies are expensive, and we all love a bargain! Buying second-hand baby goods can be a great way to save, but when it comes to car seats you need to be particularly careful.
Before you buy a second-hand child car seat, you should know the history of the car seat and be sure that it has all the correct fittings.
Check that the car seat:
- Meets AS/NZS 1754, version 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2013 – look for this information on the restraint
- Has not been in a crash of moderate or serious intensity
- Is not more than 10 years old
- Has all its parts, including the instruction booklet
- Has no splits, cracks or stress marks on its shell
- Has straps and harness that are not frayed, worn or damaged
- Has a buckle that works smoothly
You may need to dispose of a child car seat that fails to meet these criteria.
Remember there are lots of new car seats on the market that meet the latest standards and at great prices to fit your budget. Check them out on the Babyography website.