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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Guest Blog: Car Seat Expiration?

Yet another post from my friend Corey. {This is the last one, this time around.} Don't be afraid to leave him a comment, I'm afraid he's beginning to feel bad about his lack of feedback. So be a sport and share your two cents with him.

We have totally started thinking about the very question he asks about as the carseats H and E are currently in both expire in the next year or two. Will E be big enough to be in a booster at that point? Or will we have to fork over the money for a new one? I guess only time will say.

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I have been thinking about at what point is a car seat necessary and at what point isn't it. At 32 should I be in one? No, but what about a 10 year old? When did it become the norm to see 6 year olds in car seats? Oh, and when does it EXPIRE? Excuse me, do they EXPIRE? I didn't know we were talking about food! It is some plastic and belts, but it has an expiration date? What? How come my seat in my car doesn't have an expiration date? Is this some made up racket thing by GRACO, CHICCO, EVEN FLO and others?

So we are having our third child and I was fortunately/unfortunately (which side of the fence), informed by my wife we need to go buy a new baby carrier. Instantly my mind was off to the races , thinking this is a joke. How do people without much means have kids and follow all of these guidelines? We are fortunate that we don't have to worry about the costly expense of another carseat but what if it was an issue?

So is it a law on the expiration date or a guideline? Some days I feel like Corporate America is trying to put big fears and guilt on the every day average joe. Are these marketing schemes or is there real data on this expiration date?

I was at our friends cabin recently, their was 8 adults and 8 kids ranging from 4 months to age 8. As we were cruising I was doing some thinking (I know, scary), why don't they have to wear restraints on a boat? Are many of the laws, rules, regulations today from the hard work/or lack there of from lobbyists on both sides of the fence? One day no car seats for kids, then shortly there after they need them till they can drive on their own. One day no expiration date, the next day you are considered a jerk that doesn't care when you don't get a new car seat!

Look for me carrying around my third child in a new car seat, I just don't what kind yet, and how much it will set me back...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guest blog! I have also wondered some of those same things. Of course, we have always purchased new seats inspite of our questions. Here's another one to think on...school buses. The driver is the only one to wear a belt...why would belts not be required for all those kids?

August 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't have kids but have worked with them for almost 20 years. i think the idea of an expiration date on a carseat is INSANITY! Unless, of course, it's a carseat dating from 1989...then, it's probably time to upgrade. I always wonder when I see commercials stating carseats/boosters are necessary until a child is 4'9"...what if they are NEVER 4'9"?!? What if a 40 year old is 4'7"...should they be in a carseat?!? I'm pretty sure I've watched enough Dateline specials to be a true conspiracy theorist. It's called perceived obsolescence.

August 10, 2010 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I never knew car seats expired and I worked with kids for 8 years. Well I'm sure the carrier my sister had with her first child probably expired then when she had her 3rd and it has been passed on to me now. Very interesting to say the least.

August 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I really believe it's all about the money. It's ridiculous to think that a hunk of plastic will expire.

August 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think it is about money. Car Seats should be fine unless they have a defect. What about all the seats at the thrift stores people buy. I say use your own judgment

August 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curious just what Elva will change with this!?

September 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great writing! I want you to follow up on this topic :D

September 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
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December 2, 2010 at 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool post! How much stuff did you have to look up in order to write this one? I can tell you put some work in.

July 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

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