Does your car seat have an expiry date? Yes! Health Canada is reporting that Evenflo Company, Inc. has a general expiry date of December of the sixth year from the date of manufacture.
Evenflo Company, Inc. has a general expiry date of December of the sixth year from the date of manufacture. Some products manufactured in the year 2006 have an incorrect expiry date of December 2011. This date should read December 2012.
In 1997, Evenflo and other manufacturers of children’s restraint systems selected a six-year recommended product life. This was to reduce the resale of children’s restraint systems with unknown histories, missing parts, etc.
Transport Canada does not regulate expiry dates for these systems, but does counsel the public not to use a system past the expiry date. The enforcement agencies in Canada may ticket or charge users of expired systems. In addition, insurance companies may have issue if a claim was presented on an expired restraint system.
I think this is a good idea. It prevents new parents from buying an out of date car seat, that may not be safe, at a garage sale. A car seat is the one thing that you want to ensure is always in excellent condition and installed properly.