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If your car seat is damaged, has been in an accident, or is past its expiration date, discard it even if you don't see anything visibly wrong with it.
The car seat's manufacture date is either on a sticker or is directly stamped into the plastic on the back or bottom of the seat. Specific manufacturer recommendations on expiration vary, advising disposal between five and nine years after the manufacture date.
See more details on car seat age and expiration
To see if your seat can be used by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service's car seat program, please contact 240-777-2223. (Generally, if you are the original owner and the seat has never been in a crash, infant seats are helpful for needy families. Other seats can also sometimes be used for training purposes.)
We prefer that people simply "regift" to a friend or neighbor directly, and not through thrift shops or other places.
When passing along a car seat, be sure to:
For questions about car seats and booster seats, contact Montgomery County's Child Passenger Safety Program Hotline at 240-777-2223.
See Car Seat Inspection Station locations and schedules