Wairarapa Expired Car Seats - Annual Collection

Wairarapa Expired Car Seats - Annual Collection

For Wairarapa, we have a huge increase in expired and incorrectly fitted car seats in vehicles. Children 0-7 years (or up to 148cm tall) are required by law to be restrained in an appropriate car seat. This means in order for it to be legal, it must meet manufacturer's standards. 

This includes: 

  • installed correctly according to the instruction manual that comes with the seat. If you have a tether strap attached to the seat (according to US/NZ/AUS safety standards), it must be anchored to the anchor bolt in the vehicle. If there is none in your particular make/model of car, then one must be installed.

  • Shown manufacture date either by sticker or etched circle markings in the back or underneath the car seat. Each brand of seat has a different expiry date. A full list can be found on our website.

To try and combat the issue around expired car seats, Holly is inviting families in Wairarapa once again to drop off expired cars seats to the following locations before 3pm Thursday 19th December 2019:

  • REAP House, 340 Queen Street, Masterton

  • Salvation Army Family Store, High Street, Carterton

  • Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield Street, Featherston

***Seats can be dropped off at these locations between 9am & 3pm - must be given to someone at the location***

“Thanks to local funding from Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils, secured by Seat smart, we take your expired car seat to be recycled in another way and give advice on best places to purchase new seats and where else (out of town) you can contact to hire a certified car seat”.

“We are so grateful to Seat Smart (part of 3R Group ltd) for assisting us in this initiative. This is the second year we have run our expired car seat collection. We collected 45 seats last year and are thankfully able to take more thanks to our collaboration with Seat Smart. With the help of Seat Smart, we are giving new life to a car seat by breaking down the parts so they can be used for other purposes. It’s a much better outcome instead of passing on an expired car seat to someone else to use.”

“With best intentions, people are known to give seats to family members or friends in goodwill, sell seats second hand online through various streams or drop them off to hospice and second hand stores, but 8 out of the 10 seats have already expired, putting the next users at risk”.

You might think it's just about selling more car seats, but there are very important safety reasons for placing an expiration date of six to 10 years after the date of manufacture.”

5 reasons are:

  1. Technology improves and standards change

  2. Material wears down - especially belts and plastic 

  3. Models are only safety-tested for a typical lifespan

  4. Older car seats may have been recalled by the manufacturer and if you have inherited someone else’s seat, how do you know this?

  5. As designs change, manufacturers don't want to maintain an inventory of older parts forever. You may not be able to get a replacement part past the expiration date.

“Your responsibilities as the driver (under the law), you must make sure that any child under 7 years of age is properly restrained by an approved child restraint that is appropriate for the age and size of the child. They must not travel in the vehicle if you can’t put them in an approved child restraint. The vehicle’s safety belt on its own is not an approved child restraint. “

Using the safest child restraint for your child is only going to protect your child if it is installed correctly. For information on child restraints including how to check the expiry date, visit our website – www.wairsc.org.nz/services/child-restraints or call Holly on 06 377 1379. 

See recent article written about the issue around car seats. https://times-age.co.nz/car-seat-fail-endangers/?fbclid=IwAR1Ta2xdTlAVhUBWrLMTmEg2KnU49MaZbZANgp4yESjAxr6Af5R8YXSvE1w


Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

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