Not New?

Not New?
(Is this seat safe?)
Used child safety seat checklist

1

Do you know the history of the seat?

Yes – continue

No – DESTROY

2

Does the seat have a label with date of manufacture and model name/number?

Yes – continue

No – DESTROY

3

Is the seat less than 6 years old (unless otherwise specified in manufacturer’s instructions)?

Yes – continue

No – DESTROY

4

Does the seat have a label showing that it meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?

Yes – continue

No – DESTROY

5

Has the seat been recalled for a safety defect?

Yes – continue to 5b

No – continue to 6

5b

Has the defect been corrected?

Yes – continue to 6

No – do not use until defects are corrected or DESTROY

6

Has the seat been involved in any vehicle crash (even a minor one)?

Yes – DESTROY

No – continue

7

Are there any cracks, bends or breaks in the plastic shell?

Yes – DESTROY

No – continue

8

Has the metal frame rusted, bent or broken?

Yes – DESTROY

No – continue

9

Do you have a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions?

Yes – continue

No – obtain new instructions and continue or DESTROY

10

Does the seat have all it’s parts – harness straps, harness clip, seat cover, tether, padding, shield and bolts?

Yes – continue

No – obtain replacements and continue or DESTROY

11

Are the harness straps worn or frayed?

Yes – Obtain replacements and continue or DESTROY

No – continue

12

Does the buckle or any other metal part show signs of rust?

Yes – Obtain replacements and continue or DESTROY

No – continue

13

When buckled, does the mechanism lock securely? Does it remain locked?

Yes – USE SEAT!!!

No – Obtain replacements and continue or DESTROY