We recommend that a child car seat should not be used if it is more than 10 years old, or if the seat has cracks, other damage or frayed straps.
Never use a child car seat that you know has been in a crash, or if you can see signs of wear or damage on any part of the seat.
Before you use 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 2004, 2010 and 2013 – look for this information on the seat
- has not been in a crash
- is not more than 10 years old
- has all its parts and that any buckles work smoothly
- has no splits or cracks
- has straps and harness that are not frayed, worn or damaged
- has an instruction booklet.
A child car seat that does not meet all these criteria should not be used and is best disposed of.