Children’s car seats and booster seats: How long are they safe?

TP 14563 - Consumer Information Notice
Child Restraint Systems
2011-C01 E
March 30, 2011

Road Safety
Information: 1-800-333-0371

All children’s car seats and booster seats sold in Canada have an expiry or useful life date on them, even though this is not required by regulation. Manufacturers do this to inform current owners and prospective buyers of the potential risks of using car seats and booster seats that may be missing important parts, labels or instructions and/or may have an unknown history, which could lead to less than optimal safe performance when needed. People should not use children’s car seats and booster seats past their expiry or useful life date. Beyond this date, the car seat should be permanently discarded rather than donated to a charitable organization, second hand store, or given to friends or relatives. It is also important to note that if you own a car seat or booster seat made before January 1, 2012, under Health Canada’s Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, you may not be able to advertise, sell, or give it away because it may not meet the latest requirements set out by Health Canada. For further information regarding the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, please contact Health Canada:

Media Enquiries
Health Canada, Ottawa
613-957-2983

Public Enquiries
Health Canada, Ottawa
613-957-2991
1-866 225-0709

Manufacturers give an expiry or useful life date because over time:

  • frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage and weaken plastic;
  • safe-use labels on the products fade or become hard to read;
  • instruction manuals have likely been lost;
  • food, cleaners, drinks and other materials that have been spilled or used on webbing, buckles, adjusters and other parts may prevent them from working safely;
  • the history or condition of the car seat or booster seat becomes hard to check (was it in a crash, was it stored in a place or in a way that caused damage to parts, etc.?);
  • safety regulations and standards may have changed, so safer products may now be on the market; and
  • second or subsequent owners may not get product safety recall notices if problems arise.

In Canada, all provinces and territories require infants and toddlers to be buckled up in the appropriate car seat. Several provinces also require booster seats for children who have outgrown a child car seat but are too small for a regular seat belt. The provincial and territorial laws also say that the children's car seats and booster seats must be certified to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and must be used according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't follow the instructions or if you use them past their expiry or useful life dates - you may be putting your child’s safety at risk and you may be found guilty of breaking the law.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the manufacturers who sell car seats and/or booster seats in Canada, the brand name, and the useful life period of their products. Transport Canada strongly advises parents and caregivers to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and respect the expiry or useful life dates indicated on their products. Note: This list is compiled by Transport Canada as a reference only, using information provided voluntarily by the listed manufacturers. Its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and its content is subject to change without notice.

Importer / Manufacturer Brand Name(s) Product TypeFootnote i Useful Life

Baby Trend Inc.

Baby Trend

I

6 years

Britax Child Safety, Ltd.

Britax

I, B, Traveller Plus EL

6 years

Britax

I/C

7 years

Britax

C/B

9 years

Britax

I/C Clicktight

10 years

Canadian Tire Corp.

Apramo

B

9 years

CLEK Inc.

Clek

I/C, B

9 years

Diono Canada, ULC

Radian R-series

I/C/B

8 years as "I or C" + 2 extra years as "B"

Monterey

B

6 years

Sunshine Kids

I/C

8 years

Sunshine Kids

B

6 years

Dorel Juvenile Group

Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi

I

8 years

Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Schwinn

I/C

8 years

*Includes Safety 1st Scenera LX

Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st

I/C

10 years

Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer

I/C/B

Enspira - 8 years

Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer

I/C/B

10 years

Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer

C/B

10 years

Cosco

B

Topside - 6 years

Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer

B

10 years

Elfe Juvenile Products

Graco

I, I/C, C/B, B

Seats manufactured before mid-2011 not including the Nautilus – Expiry in December of the 6th year 
Expiry date stamped into the seat

Graco

C/B

Nautilus backless portion only in Booster mode - manufactured before mid-2011 – 9 years
Expiry date stamped into the seat

Graco

I, I/C

Manufactured after mid-2011 – 7 years
Expiry date stamped into the seat

Graco

C/B, B

Manufactured after mid-2011 – 10 years
Expiry date stamped into the seat

Graco

I/C/B

4Ever - 10 years
Expiry date stamped into the seat

Evenflo Canada, Inc.

Evenflo

I, I/C, C/B, I/C/B, B

6 years

Evenflo

I/C/B

Symphony - 8 years

Evenflo

I/C/B

SafeMax All-In-One - 10 years

Evenflo

C/B

Transitions and Evolve - 8 years

Urbini

I

6 years

Harmony Juvenile Products

Harmony

I/C/B, B

V7, Dreamtime and Youth Boosters - 6 years

Harmony

I/C/B

Defender - 10 years

ISSI Inc.

Chicco

I

6 years from manufacturer date, or date of purchase (proof of purchase required)

Nuna Pipa

I

7 years from manufacturer date, or date of purchase (proof of purchase required)

Learning Curve Brands, Inc.

First Years, Compass

I, I/C, B

7 years

Orbit Baby Inc.

Orbit Baby

I

7 years

Peg-Pérego Canada Inc.

Peg-Pérego

I

Manufactured after 2011 - 7 years

Peg-Pérego

I/C

Manufactured after November 2015 - 10 years

Peg-Pérego

B

Manufactured after October 2015 – 12 years

RECARO Child Safety LLC

RECARO

I/C, C/B, B

6 years

5514 KM

Team Tex
Ferrari, Fisher Price

I/C, B

10 years

UPPAbaby Mesa

I

7 years

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