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Second hand car seat danger - Case study 3

for FB OLCan you spot what is wrong with this car seat? This blog is going to continue our focus on the dangers of buying a second hand car seat without knowing its history with case study 3. You can read the rest of the series by clicking the following links: Introduction to second hand seats Tips for buyers Case Study 1 Case Study 2     This car seat was purchased from a well-known auction site for £10 with local collection; to the eye this seat looks in good condition. The advert claims that it has been kept in the garage and never dropped or involved in an accident. When our expert collected the seat, the seller was a friendly Dad of 6 and they were selling to make room in the garage. The seller told our expert that he was very concerned about child seat safety; he again assured us that ......
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Second hand car seats – Is this car seat safe?

SEAT BASE OL  Welcome to Good Egg Safety’s blog series on second hand car seats. We are running a number of blog’s to evaluate if it is safe to buy and use a second hand car seat, and what dangers second hand seats pose to children. As part of the blog series, our expert has purchased car seats from an online auction site to assess through case studies. We have already released the first case study, which you can read here.   Is this seat safe?   To the eye, this seat is in good condition. It also comes with a base and the newborn insert  – this seat and base cost £20 which is far less than the cost of buying new. However, when our expert inspected this seat, it became apparent that it isn’t as good as it appears to be. We have found problems with the polystyrene protection in the seat, th......
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Second hand child seats - Tips for buying

Tip1Welcome to the next installment in our second hand child seat series!  This post is looking at how we can use second hand seats as safely as possible. Whenever possible, your child's car seat should be purchased as a new product, from a retail store who are able to give you good advice. In purchasing from a retailer and taking advice, you can be sure the seat you buy is suitable for your child, compatible with your car and you will be shown how to fit the seat.  You will also know that your seat is brand new, and can be confident that the seat will do its job should you be involved in a collision. Sometimes though, financial hardship can leave no choice but to buy a second hand seat, or a family member or close friend offers you a seat that you know is in perfect condition.  In this......
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Second hand car seats case study 1 - Mama's and Papa's Traveller G-Matic

close up OLWelcome to case study 1! Throughout November we are focusing on the dangers second hand seats pose to children and their families. We are running four case studies on seats that our expert has bought from an auction wesbite - this installment is going to look at the first seat our expert found, it is a Mama’s and Papa’s Traveller G-Matic.   The seller online stated: "The seat has never been involved in an accident, is in good condition and suitable from 0-6 months."     What are the problems with this seat? First of all, this seat is old, which we can see from the design of the covers and the frame of the seat.  A seat this old will not offer the protection current seats can, and it is unlikely to pass higher impact testing or side impact testing. This seat is a group 0 rear facing infant seat, the......
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Second hand child seats - the dangers...

2nd hand maxi cosi OL  The dangers of second hand child seats A big concern we have here at Good Egg Safety is the number of seats we see being sold secondhand – be it in a charity shop, car boot sale, online or in the local paper. As part of our ongoing research, our expert has found four secondhand car seats. Throughout November we’ll be running a blog series looking at the dangers these seats pose and the potential risks to children's safety. If you are a parent or carer and are thinking of buying secondhand, we hope our findings will inspire you to reconsider and choose new!   Would you let a stranger look after your baby?       Stranger Danger Imagine if a stranger walked up to you and offered to look after your baby for a few hours.  You've never met them before and have no idea who they are. Wha......
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Reusing child car seats

1LIs it safe to re-use car seats? Many parents understand the safety risks involved with buying and using second hand car seats and avoid doing so. You do not know the history of the seat, you may not have the instructions, vital parts may be missing from the seat (unnoticed by seller or buyer), and it may have been involved in a collision.   But what’s the story for reusing a car seat you have had from brand new?  Is it safe to use again?  Do car seats expire? For reusing child car seats, manufacturers recommend that car seats more than 5 years old are no longer used.  This is due to the seat potentially not being able to provide the same level of protection that a new child seat is able to. Over the 5 years that you have had that car seat, car seat safety will have improved dramatically, the p......
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