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Old 12-27-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Getting Rid of Carseats???

Ihave 3 carseats I need to get rid of. Goodwill won't take them for liability reasons, no one else will either.

Is there a place where they can be donated and myabe recycled?

Or do I Craiglist them, they are in nice shape........
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:41 AM   #2
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Wait until the weather warms, ( or maybe you already live where it's warm) and have a yard sale. Young parents are always looking for bargans at yard sales, and eagerly buy them. If you don't have enough stuff for a year sale, team up with a neighbor.... Worked well for us with some of our granddaughter's outgrown stuff including car seats.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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I had an opposite problem - I never seem to have enough of these
Craigslist, Freecycle or friends.
If these are infant seat - don't you know anybody expecting?
If you still have trouble getting rid of them, PM me with what you have and an area you live and I'm sure DW will find somebody needy at baby/child boards.
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You and Trek need to get together...
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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many sell on ebay or craigslist - even better if you have the original manuals (but then again, those can usually be obtained online nowadays)...

i've passed mine on to friends...
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I am surprised that an auto-wrecking yard would not take them. I thought car seats were
highly sought after, so much so that thieves broke into cars and stole them on occasion.
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You and Trek need to get together...
Got mine about a month ago (new). We're all about being prepared. I'd be a little wary of buying a used one myself though, especially if I didn't know the history of it.
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:32 PM   #8
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Finally a question I can help with.....

One reason why carseats are not easy to resell is because a number of well known brands have been recalled and no longer pass safety standards.

Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics says:

AAP - Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families - 2007

Q: What about using a used car safety seat?
A: Avoid used car safety seats, especially if bought from a yard sale or a thrift shop because you won't know the seat's history.
Never use a car seat that
  • Is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. Many manufacturers recommend that car safety seats only be used for a certain number of years. Check with the manufacturer to find out how long the company recommends using their seat.
  • Has any visible cracks in the frame of the seat.
  • Does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check to see if the seat has been recalled.
  • Does not come with instructions. You need them to know how to use the seat. You can get a copy of the instruction manual by contacting the manufacturer or looking on the Internet.
  • Is missing parts. Used car safety seats often come without important parts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure you can get the right parts.
  • Is a shield booster. Although shield boosters are still around, the AAP ­recommends against their use. Major injuries have occurred to children in shield boosters. The only time shield boosters should be used is if the shield is removed and the seat is used with a lap and shoulder belt as described previously.
  • Was recalled. You can find out by calling the manufacturer or by contacting the following:
If the seat has been recalled, be sure to follow the instructions to fix it or to get the parts you need. You also may get a registration card for future recall notices from the hotline.
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Car seat story: We bought a car seat before our daughter was born, and it sat in the attic awaiting the big day. When coming home from the hospital, a nurse brought our new daughter out and placed her in the car seat.

Unbeknownst to us, our cat had peed in the car seat when it was in the attic. Guess we didn't make a good impression on the nurse.
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I am surprised that an auto-wrecking yard would not take them. I thought car seats were
highly sought after, so much so that thieves broke into cars and stole them on occasion.
I am sure that they would take them even "the death trap" ones if you gave them an old junk car with it...
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:31 AM   #12
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One reason why carseats are not easy to resell is because a number of well known brands have been recalled and no longer pass safety standards.

Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics says:

AAP - Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families - 2007

Q: What about using a used car safety seat?
A: Avoid used car safety seats, especially if bought from a yard sale or a thrift shop because you won't know the seat's history.
Never use a car seat that
  • Is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. Many manufacturers recommend that car safety seats only be used for a certain number of years. Check with the manufacturer to find out how long the company recommends using their seat.
  • Has any visible cracks in the frame of the seat.
  • Does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check to see if the seat has been recalled.
  • Does not come with instructions. You need them to know how to use the seat. You can get a copy of the instruction manual by contacting the manufacturer or looking on the Internet.
  • Is missing parts. Used car safety seats often come without important parts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure you can get the right parts.
  • Is a shield booster. Although shield boosters are still around, the AAP *recommends against their use. Major injuries have occurred to children in shield boosters. The only time shield boosters should be used is if the shield is removed and the seat is used with a lap and shoulder belt as described previously.
  • Was recalled. You can find out by calling the manufacturer or by contacting the following:
If the seat has been recalled, be sure to follow the instructions to fix it or to get the parts you need. You also may get a registration card for future recall notices from the hotline.
In addition, a lot of people (eg, parenting books) say you should never buy a used car seat unless you know the prior owner and know for sure that it has been in no accidents. The idea is that a car accident can damage a car seat without showing a physical damage.
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Maybe you could try your local police department or child protective services.
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Here's the deal.

You give or sell one of these to someone, and in a subsequent crash, the seat fails and their kid is hurt or killed.

You get the joy of a huge liability suit.

Wheres that thread on umbrella liability insurance again?
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