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UPDATE - Children’s car seats and booster seats: How long are they safe?

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TP 14563 - Consumer Information Notice

Child Restraint Systems

Information: 1-800-333-0371

All children’s car seats and booster seats sold in Canada have an expiry or useful life date on them, even though this is not required by regulation. Manufacturers do this to inform current owners and prospective buyers of the potential risks of using car seats and booster seats that may be missing important parts, labels or instructions and/or may have an unknown history, which could lead to less than optimal safe performance when needed. People should not use children’s car seats and booster seats past their expiry or useful life date. Beyond this date, the car seat should be permanently discarded rather than donated to a charitable organization, second hand store, or given to friends or relatives. It is also important to note that if you own a car seat or booster seat made before January 1, 2012, under Health Canada’s Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. you may not be able to advertise, sell, or give it away because it may not meet the latest requirements set out by Health Canada. For further information regarding the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. please contact Health Canada:

Media Enquiries

Health Canada, Ottawa

Public Enquiries

Health Canada, Ottawa


Manufacturers give an expiry or useful life date

because over time:

  • frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage and weaken plastic;
  • safe-use labels on the products fade or become hard to read;
  • instruction manuals have likely been lost;
  • food, cleaners, drinks and other materials that have been spilled or used on webbing, buckles, adjusters and other parts may prevent them from working safely;
  • the history or condition of the car seat or booster seat becomes hard to check (was it in a crash, was it stored in a place or in a way that caused damage to parts, etc.?);
  • safety regulations and standards may have changed, so safer products may now be on the market; and
  • second or subsequent owners may not get product safety recall notices if problems arise.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the manufacturers who sell car seats and/or booster seats in Canada, the brand name, and the useful life period of their products. Transport Canada strongly advises parents and caregivers to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and respect the expiry or useful life dates indicated on their products. Note: This list is compiled by Transport Canada as a reference only. using information provided voluntarily by the listed manufacturers. Its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and its content is subject to change without notice.

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