Ask the Edmonds Cop: The right car seat for your child

Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley answers your public safety questions. This week: What does the law say about car seats for children?
  1. A couple other points that are important but weren’t touched on:

    Car seats have an expiration date, 6 years from the date of manufacture, and it’s usually marked on the seat somewhere. It’s not safe to use an expired car seat, since the plastics used in making them can break down or weaken and possibly fail in a crash.

    Also, a car seat should always be replaced if the vehicle has ever been in anything but a minor crash, even if it looks fine or wasn’t occupied during the crash. The stresses imposed on it in a crash can make it fail in a second accident.

  2. We have amazing resources in our community (Snohomish County Fire District #1 and Safe Kids Snohomish County) that I encourage you to reach out to in the future for information on car seats. Let me know if you would like the appropriate contact for these organizations.

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