Can thrift stores sell used car seats and cribs?
I was told that they couldn't sell used car seats or cribs because if there was something wrong with it then the store could get sued. I don't know if it is true or not.11 months ago - 4 answers
Yes, there are thrift stores who do not accept used car seats or expired car seats because they can get sued if something were to happen to a child.
Thrift stores do not know how car seats were stored or if they were in a crash. Car seats are a one time use safety device. After a crash, they need to be replaced even if the car seat looks okay. Also, car seats expire after 5-6 years from the date of manufacturer. This is because the car seat's plastic becomes brittle over time. If the plastic were brittle, the harness could rip from the shell, ejecting the child.
There are some thrift stores (and even many parents) who are unaware that car seats should not be bought used or expired.
i don't know if that is the reason, but it is true that they can't sell them.by SEGERLOVER - 11 months ago
Yes, there are safety issues with used car seats. If they have been in an accident, they are structurally weakened and need to be disposed of. It's the same for bicycle and motor cycle helmets. Baby cribs, second hand, it's more of a hygiene issue. Could have mould, bed bugs etc so second hand bedding is not usually sold for that reason. If you are buying second hand of a friend and you know the history of the item, it's ok to buy and use second hand items like these. But thrift shops don't know the history and therefore don't take the risk.by bron357 - 11 months ago
Some accept them, some do not. I have seen plenty though in consignment shops.by Bobbi - 11 months ago