Car Seat Lifespan List
Please use this list to help you establish your car seat lifespan.
If you need some guidance to determine the date of manufacture of your car seat, please refer to our article “How to Read a Car Seat Date Stamp”
You will see reference to (AS/NZS), (EU) and (US) alongside some brand names. This refers to the safety standard the seat is manufactured to. Child restraints of the same brand which have been manufactured to different safety standards may have different lifespans. For this reason, it’s important you know what the safety standard of your car seat is. If you don’t have this information, you can find it easily. How you do this is explained in our article, “Car Seat Safety Standards – NZ“.
We have endeavoured to ensure this list is as comprehensive as possible. However, with the vast number of child restraints on the market currently, as well as those sold previously and since discontinued, there will be some that have not made the list. We welcome any information on amendments, updates, additions or corrections. Please feel free to make contact with us if you have any information on car seat lifespans which we have not included.
All brands and models are listed in alphabetical order.
*Lifespan from DOP (date of purchase) only applies if DOP is known.
** Look for “Do not use after 20XX” stamped onto back of seat shell.
*** These particular DOP lifespans apply to original purchaser only. If not original purchaser, or if purchase date is unknown, then lifespan reverts to DOM (date of manufacture).
**** The tether on Diono seats can give a clue as to their lifespan. A split tether indicates a split lifespan (for example, 8yrs with harness/2yrs as booster). A single tether indicates a single lifespan (for example, 10yrs total).
This list is to be referred to as a guide only. Always check the product itself for any statement or labeling regarding lifespan.
We have confirmed the information contained in this list by local or international manufacturers, distributors, suppliers or their websites.
This list is current as at November 2019 but this is a living document and may change at any time without notice.