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Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Child Passenger Safety

Used Child Safety Seats

Child Passenger Safety

Safety advocates do NOT recommend buying used child safety seats. There is no guarantee for safety when purchasing a used car seat at a garage sale, flea market or thrift store. These seats may be expired, have missing parts, be damaged, or may have been recalled. There is no way of knowing if these seats have been in a crash and if they had received damage that can't be seen with the naked eye.

Take the following steps before you decide to use any used car seat: