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.
Several years ago, the Centre de recherche et d’éducation à l’environnement régional (CREER) devised a method of recycling components of used car seats. For example, the recycled plastic can be transformed into park benches or picnic tables, and the straps can be turned into animal accessories.
Visit the CAA-Québec website to find the collection depot nearest you.
Last update: March 19, 2019