Is your child car seat still safe?

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.