Safe Family: Car seat safety

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

We have some facts about car seats that you may not know in today's Safe Family report. Josh Stevenson has more.

These days buying secondhand products and saving a few bucks sounds like a good idea, but don't sell you or your kids short.

Child safety seats save the lives of thousands of children every year. While new car safety seats can be expensive, a used safety seat can be dangerous.

“You want to stay away from and what most people don’t know is that you want to stay away from a used car seat. Your average car seat has a lifespan of about five years. That’s because the sun is going to start deteriorating those straps" Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department says.

The straps on a car seat are designed to stretch in a collision, and after a car seat has been in an accident it no longer has the elasticity to work properly.

“When you buy a used car seat from a garage sale or Goodwill, you may not know if that car seat has ever been in a crash."

So remember -- new baby, new car seat, and that means in grandma's car, too.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when you install your child’s safety seat, and if you need a hand, most police and fire departments can help you make sure your child is as safe as possible.

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