It is never safe to use a car seat that you do not know the history of or if it is a recalled seat. Used car seats are donated to be destroyed after inspection is made by our safety seat technicians. If it is learned that the car seat was obtained at a garage sale, given to them by another person, or is listed as a recall, we encourage them to have the seat destroyed and obtain a new car seat. Car seats are a one time use product, if it was involved in a crash, the seat needs to be replaced. Not knowing the history of the car seat presents a safety hazard for your child that is not worth taking.
Over 95% of car seats are installed wrong. Hoffman Estates Police provide free safety car seat inspections throughout the year. Email Officer Brunner to schedule an appointment.