We all know how food or skincare products have an expiry date. It seems logical considering that we are consuming it directly by eating or putting it in our body. Therefore, at a glance, car seats with an expiry date may seem weird. However, there are some valid reasons why car seats do expire, and you should watch its expiry date.
The car seat materials will break down
The first obvious reason is that the materials will eventually break down over time. It is because most of its shell materials are made of plastic which degrades and becomes brittle. You might think that degrading seats will be fine, however, in case of an accident, these expired car seats will be dangerous as it will break apart. Additionally, the metal part in the car seat also prone to rust and wear over time and will not be able to keep you safe as it is prone to damage. In the event of an accident, these factors may further endanger the passenger’s life.
The car seats will always evolve and become more advanced as each car manufacturers always strive to create the best products in terms of safety. The products will be tested to ensure its safety and protection in case of an impact occurs. That is why you may want to make sure you always update your car seats with the more advanced safety and protection features available. Of course, you want well-functioned car seats that able to protect you especially during a dangerous situation, right?
Sometimes the replacement parts do not exist anymore
The last one is the unavailable replacement parts. In line with the ever-evolving technology and advancement in car seats, the old model of car seats may no longer be produced anymore. When the products are no longer produced, it means the replacement parts are also stopped being produced, making finding them becomes challenging and impossible at times.
Those are some reasons why car seats do expire. It is mainly because of the existence of technology, updated standards, as well as to ensure the integrity of the products. It is not merely a ploy to make us buy more products more often, as what many of us might think. Therefore, it is important always to learn and note down when the products you purchase was manufactured and when the expiry date is. Keep your car seats updated to ensure you don’t have to face all the difficulties and dangers due to an expired car seat.