Recycling expired child car seats


by Yetta Gibson

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 2:08 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- At Tempe Marketplace Friday morning, there were three truckloads of car seats being delivered -- car seats that were no longer good. Some of them were no longer safe because of broken parts, but most of them were expired.

Did you know that car seats expire? Most people don’t.

“Nine out of 10 parents have no idea car seats have an expiration date," said Angelica Baker, the child passenger seat expert at Phoenix Children's Hospital. "I have seen some parents try and save their car seats from their 6-year-old for their newborn.

“Plastic car seats break down over time – especially in the Arizona sun," Baker continued. "The harness can actually break through the car seat if a car seat is used past its expiration date."

Phoenix Childrens' Hospital partnered up with several organizations to stage Friday's event.

Folks can drop off their old car seats for recycling or come by just to make sure the seat they have in their car is installed correctly and baby is buckled in the right way.

Baker said she's seen a lot of mistakes made over the years.

“I’ve seen dads install two-by-fours in the cars so that the car seat won’t move," she said. "People get creative."

This is the fourth year Phoenix Children's Hospital has held the Recycle Your Car Seat Demolition Event.

For more information call 602-933-CARS (2277) or visit