- Used baby car seats
As *they* advise you can never trust the history of a 2nd hand baby car seat, what happens to all the prefectly good ones that have never been crashed, I assume there’s a big recycling market / servcie for them or are there huge piles of the things sat in Landfill the world over?Posted 6 years ago
In our case, they get passed on to people that know and trust you.
We got our travel system from the brother-in-law, and passed it onto my sister when we finished with it.
Car seat is a bit trickier. It adapts through the ages so it’ll be something like 9 or 10 years old by the time we finish with it.
We’ll sell it on eBay if it is still fit for purpose.Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
when our first child was born a couple of years ago we weren’t allowed to leave the maternity unit with him unless we proved that our car seat was brand new and unused..
this time round though standards must have slipped because the deputy midwife just lobbed our newborn at a passing bus from a second floor window..Posted 6 years agov8ninetySubscriber
I would buy a second hand one, so long as its possible to have a good look at it first. They are not mega complicated things, if you can get eyes on all the structural bits, looking for signs of fatigue, cracks, frays, etc. a lot use expanded polystyrene as the energy absorption medium, when that does its job it deforms and stays deformed.
Although, I can completely understand why anyone wouldn’t be confident enough to be sure. (suits me, keeps the rice of a second hand one low)Posted 6 years agobreatheeasyMember
I did sell a car seat on eBay. it was a decent/expensive one and I wouldn’t have sold it if it had ever been in an accident. Don’t think I got a huge amount for it (they are heavy/bulky to post) but I suppose if you’re on £42000 a year and they’re gonna take your Child Benenfit away you have to slum it somehow….
I do see a lot being passed around friends and family these days.Posted 6 years ago
so long as its possible to have a good look at it first
Annoyingly most of the NCT and similar baby sales will not let you sell car seats – even though folk are free to examine and ask you questions.
Really, how many people are really going to be selfish enough to knowingly sell fatally compromised safety equipment for young children for the sake of a few quid?
£42000 a year and they’re gonna take your Child Benenfit away you have to slum it somehow…
😆Posted 6 years agoskiMember
Word of warning…
My Mother, Nan, saving money as usual, decided to buy one second hand a reasonably new Britix one, cost her a few notes, from gumtree.
I decided to check it over before she used it to transport our little one.
Glad I did, as the previous owner had removed all the strappings, I asume to clean it and in their wisdom used zip ties to secure the main seat belts back into the chair, as they could not work out how it all went back together!
Britex back then, would not supply parts to fix second hand seats, they ask for the seat to go back to them for checking, I know why they do that now. 😉Posted 6 years agowoody74Subscriber
To be fair we bought a brand new one, but are car seats just like helmets. The main padding is polystyrene so I guess like a helmet you could check it over for cracks, etc. I have pondered on this one myself as its great for the car seat makers to make sure everyone is reminded that you must buy brand new, bring on the sales. Bit like the bike manufacturers doing as little as possible to stop the stolen bike trade, must bring them in a ton of salesPosted 6 years agojoao3v16Member
I’m using 2nd hand baby & toddler seats, previously owned by my sister so I know the history and condition.
If you can get hold of one from a trustworthy source it’s worth it, especially the baby seat as it’s a big expense for the 8 or 9 months before they go up to the next size seat.
We were fortunate in that family and several friends have young kids, so we’ve been inundated with free 2nd hand stuff.Posted 6 years agoRichPennyMember
Happily used one off freecycle for 6 months. Did check it over before use, and my daughter has travelled about 300 miles in it so I am happy it’s not that big a risk. Just bought a maxicosi for £26 off evilbay, again Will check it over when i collect. The first one will go back on freecycle probably.Posted 6 years ago
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