Never buy a used car seat if it:
- has been in a severe crash
- has expired or is past the manufacturer's useful date
- does not have the manufacturer's directions available
- has ripped or torn fabric, or the harness or tether straps are missing or frayed
- does not have a sticker affixed to it stating the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) have been met
- if the metal parts are rusted
- has been recalled by Transport Canada
If you're 100% sure about the child car seat's crash history and it's in good condition, buy yourself a bargain.
Car seat installation can be complicated. Attempting to do it yourself can teach you a lot. Once you've installed your car seat you can have it checked by a trained technician to see if you've done it properly. You can visit a scheduled car seat clinic in your area or locate a car seat technician to book an appointment.
1-800-667-8015 ext. 6042