New child car-seats vs second hand

The cost of a new car safety seat model may be a genuine concern for many parents, but the cost of medical care for injuries sustained because an ineffective used car seat, which had not provided adequate protection (not to mention the personal trauma of having your child injured) is a huge inducement for opting for a new model. Here are other benefits for choosing new over used:

Improved safety features

Every year, advancements in technology offer improvements in safety features that further protect children from injury or death. It is normal for materials used in the manufacture of car restraints for children to be exposed to wear and tear. Materials such as plastic can weaken or ineffective support (elasticity) of seatbelts questions how the seat will react in a collision.

Car safety seat history

It is critically important to know the history of your child car seat which is another great benefit of buying a new model. You can never be sure of the history of that second hand car seat – whether it has been in a car crash or not – which places its support structure into question.

Expiration date

While it may be a new model, it is still a good idea to check the expiration date of the model against how long you intend using it. For parents buying a new car seat, it is worth noting that the expiration date starts at the time of manufacture and not the date of purchase. It is suggested that car seats are used for a period of 5 years. You are able to find the date of manufacture at the base of your child’s car-seat.

Do I need to replace a car seat after an accident?

In a collision you may think your car seat may have come out unscathed, but the impact and force of the collision may have affected the car seat in unobservable ways. Placed near the back windscreen, shattered shards of glass can lay hidden deep into the seat.

As important as it is to have your child safely ensconced in a car restraint, it is equally important to ensure that the restraint is installed correctly. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for correct use and installation.

The only guaranteed way to keep your child safe in a vehicle and not become another statistic in a car collision is to have your child placed in an approved car safety seat suitable for the weight and height of your child.

While hand-me-downs may work with toys, clothes, books and other types of baby-gear, when it comes to the safety and well-being of your child it’s always best to invest in new products.


To highlight our support with new child car-seats being better than used, Cute Baby SA and Maxi-Cosi SA will be giving the WINNER of our April competition a Maxi-Cosi Tobi car-seat (colour; confetti) valued at over R4,000.

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