If You Don't Know the History, Don't Buy It!
When down your local car boot sale or browsing the classified ads in your paper you will come across many examples of second hand child car safety seats for sale. Do not buy them!
Why? You simply do not know the history of that seat. It could have be involved in a crash, dropped, stored incorrectly, tampered with, adjusted wrongly or just be plain out of date. Instructions will have been lost; you'll have no way of checking if you are fitting it right.
Trading Standards checks have shown that 60% of second hand car seats had some sort of serious fault that would result in the child not being protected at all in the event of an accident, and some that had the potential to make matters worse.....
What about seats from friends & family? I still think you're mad to trust your Childs safety to anything but a brand new seat from a reputable manufacturer. If you'd seen some of the seats I've had to check, the commonest problem is when people try to adjust the height of the integral harness & get it wrong.... a sharp tug and the harness pulls out, which would mean your child hitting the front windscreen on the car.
NEVER USE A SECOND HAND CHILD CAR SEAT!
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