Buckle Up: Car Seat Safety Tips

The most important baby gear you buy as a parent is a car seat. Not only is it a necessity to make sure your little one is safe, but it's legally required when driving with children. This is one item we suggest you don't skimp on. But, just because quality is extra important in this case, that doesn't mean a safe car seat has to be expensive. 

At Good Buy Gear we sell open-box car seats, which are unused and would be considered brand new, except for the fact that the car seat has been taken out of the box (returns or floor models). A few of our examples include grow-with-the-kid styles like the Maxi-Cosi Pria Max, car seats only for infants such as the Graco Snugride Snuglock 35, and older kid safety seats like the Mifold Hifold Booster Seat. Prices range from 40- to 60-percent off retail cost, offering our customers the maximum safety while spending much less. 

Learn more about why we only sell open-box car seats, how these items are checked for safety and how to make sure you're doing everything right when it comes to installing your car seat at home. 

Why We Only Sell Open Box Car Seats 

We care about the safety of our customers, so unfortunately no matter how nice or in great condition a used car seat is, we do not sell second-hand car seats. We exclusively sell open-box car seats because we know they have never been used before. Each car seat we receive gets inspected by our Wingmoms for safety, functionality and cleanliness. If there is a flaw in the item it will only be cosmetic, such as a scratch on the plastic, snag in fabric or discoloration from manufacturing. 

Checking Safety

To make sure each open-box car seat that comes our way is safe we use real-time updates from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which tracks product reports. This lets us know if there is any recall on the item or other safety concerns. We also make sure the car seat hasn't expired. Like strollers, each car seat has a time stamp on it and we include that stamp so you can be sure it’s not expired. 

Good Buy Gear's Wingmoms inspect each car seat, clipping all the seat belts, checking for cracks and anything else that would make the item unsafe for your little ones. Once it gets the green light we list the car seat on our website. You can expect to save over $100 on most of these items too, which is the added bonus to keeping your kid safe.

Properly Installing a Car Seat 

If you have any doubts about how to install your car seat then we recommend consulting an expert to make sure it's done right. All car seats should be placed in the back seat of the car, preferably in the middle spot to avoid any friction from an airbag deploying. We understand that once you have multiple kids the car seat may have to be on the side, which is fine too. 

Use an infant-sized car safety seat or one that converts through childhood to start with. This should be rear facing, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends placing the car seat in this position until the child is at least 2-years-old and meets the recommended weight and height as stipulated by the car seat's manufacturer. It's a bit different for each model, which is why consulting the manual is key to ensuring a safe ride. 

Keep your kid in the front-facing car seat until they have outgrown the maximum height and weight, again, as stipulated by the company's manual, or check the side panel of the car seat, many have this information listed there as well. Once a child has outgrown a standard car seat you can move them to a booster seat. The booster acts as a safety measure until your kid has reached 4-feet and 9-inches in height, and is between 8 and 12 years old. They should still be seated in the back seat until at least 13 years of age. 

Accidents Happen 

The whole reason the car safety seat was invented was to prevent injury to children in case of an automobile accident. These things happen, and if you end up in a crash it's important to dispose of the car seat and get a new one, even if your child wasn't in the car. Sometimes this seems drastic, especially if the car seat looks fine. The reason for this is a severe crash can cause stress on the car seat, making it less secure for your kid. In many cases, most insurances will cover purchasing a new car seat if there is an incident. 

However, not every fender bender requires a new car seat. According the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the car seat is fine if: Your car can drive away after the accident, the vehicle door nearest the car seat was not battered, no one in the car sustained injuries, the airbags didn't deploy and the car seat doesn't look damaged. In this case make the call that feels right for you and your family.

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Get To Know Our Inventory 

There are three types of car seats: Infant car seats, which are rear-facing only; the convertible seat that changes from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat and includes a harness and tether; and the all-in-one seat, which is like the convertible seat but also has a booster seat option. We sell all types and ship them nationwide for a flat fee of $24.99.

Good Buy Gear has an ever-changing stock of popular car seats. This may include options such as Cybex Cloud Q Plus Infant Car Seat, Maxi-Cosi Magellan XP All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, Bugaboo Turtle By Nuna, Diono Everett NXT and so many more. Check the inventory when shopping online, and if you have any questions or want to know when a new shipment of open-box car seats are coming in, just ask! We are happy to get your child set with a great car seat that will keep them safe and comfortable as you drive around. 

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