The use of second-hand car seats is not recommended by the SAAQ. If you use one, you must check several technical aspects to ensure your child's safety.
If you have no choice but to use a second-hand car seat, check the following aspects before use:
If the car seat does not meet all these criteria, you should not use it.
Health Canada no longer authorizes reselling or even lending a car seat made before January 2012.
A person who sells such a seat could be sued by the buyer under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.
These seats do not meet Canadian standards.
Check to make sure that the expiry date indicated by the manufacturer has not passed.
If no expiry date is indicated on the seat, check the owner's manual or with the manufacturer.
Assessing or checking the condition and history of the car seat is difficult, making it hard to know:
Standards in effect for new or used car seats
All car seats sold in Canada must meet Transport Canada safety standards.
We strongly recommend that you replace the car seat, even if it does not look damaged, because the shell might have invisible cracks.
Check with your private insurer to find out whether car seats are covered by your policy, or check our section on the insurance coverage provided by the public automobile insurance plan to know whether you can file a claim.
In partnership with CAA-Québec, we have created a child car seat verification network. Inspections are performed by qualified technicians who have received appropriate training based on strict criteria.
These inspections are offered free of charge.
See the list of Child car seat verification network members.
The specialist will check: