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Officials warn against buying used car seats

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May 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - May is a big month for garage sales, but not everything for sale is a smart buy. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA are advising parents not to buy car seats or booster seats they might find at those sales.

When it comes to child safety, AAA's Gail Weinholzer says new is definitely better because of the unknowns involved in buying used car seats and boosters.

"You may not know how old it is and car seats typically expire around year 5 or six," Weinholzer said. "The car seat may have been subject to product recall that you are not aware of and you don't know the history of the car seat. It may have been involved in a crash, in which case it has already done its job and shouldn't be used again."

If you have questions about booster seats or car seats AAA has a website with everything from FAQ to multi-lingual resources.

"We've got a wonderful website called carseatsmadesimple.org. Not only does it have pointers as to choosing the appropriate seat, but installing it appropriately as well," Weinholzer said.

AAA reports traffic crashes are one of the leading killers of children in Minnesota. Over the last five years in Minnesota, more than four-thousand kids under the age of seven have been injured in traffic crashes and 30 children have been killed.

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