MINOCQUA - Parents sometimes look to get a good deal on children's car seats by visiting garage sales or taking hand-me-downs from friends. But health experts say searching for a bargain on a used car seat could pose a danger to the child. They say car seats shouldn't be used for any longer than five years.
"There are always recommendations changing," said Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Operations Assistant Manager Carrie Miller. "As you mentioned, the backward- and the forward-facing, and just common wear and tear on a car seat. Also knowing where the car seat came from."
Although you can find out the date when a seat was manufactured by locating a sticker on the seat, that sticker won't tell you if the car seat has been involved in a crash. Car seats that have been in a crash should not be used again, no matter how new the seat is.