Friday, 10 August 2012

Do you know the lifespan of your car capsule?

How long do you expect your car capsule to last? 

When buying a car capsule, new parents would often expect that one car capsule could be used for all their (potential) future children. 

Unfortunately, car capsules have a lifespan and therefore can only be used for as long as the manufacturer states.


Car capsules generally  have a lifespan of about 5-10 years. This is from their date of manufacture, not from when they are purchased. Therefore it's important to always check the date of manufacture on the back of a car capsule before you buy it. 

The lifespan does not depend on how well the seat was looked after, or how many children have used the seat; and that lifespan becomes zero after the car capsule has been in a car accident.

Expiry Dates

All car seats will have their expiry date stamped on to them. They can be found either on the back or bottom of the seat. If you can't see yours, take a look under the covers. 

NZ Child Restraints have some really helpful charts that will help you identify them:

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