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GRACO: Car Seat Features that Save Time and Money

(NC) When shopping for a car seat, the number of options — from colours to features to price points — can seem overwhelming. Knowing the features that will save you time and money can help you find the perfect seat for your growing family.

Washable seat pads and cushions. These will come in handy when your baby inevitably gets sick or enjoys a messy snack or drink in the back seat. Opt for a cover that can be removed without unbuckling the harness, making clean up much easier.

Growing seats for growing kids. Invest in a car seat that not only keeps your child safe but grows with them as well. For example, Graco®’s 4Ever® 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat gives you 10 years of use with one seat, transitioning from a rear-facing infant seat to a forward-facing backless booster seat for children up to 120 pounds. Having kids often means a lot of driving, so make a long-term plan for what your child will need.

      

Longer expiry dates. Every car seat has a manufacturer-suggested expiration date that ranges from six to 10 years or more. These limits help parents avoid using a car seat with components that may have degraded over time and accounts for the fact that older seats sometimes do not meet current government safety standards. Erin Varano, a certified passenger safety technician with Graco, explains that a car seat with a longer shelf life can be a better investment.

Buy new for improved safety. To ensure your car seat offers the best protection from unforeseen accidents, it is advised to always buy new rather than second-hand. Used seats may have unknown damage from a previous accident that could impede their effectiveness in protecting your child.

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