Car Seat Installations
Central Vermont's Car Seat Technician: Shane LaFlower
Direct Line: (802) 224-7778
For more information on car seat safety please visit:
Source for information below: http://www.beseatsmart.org/
Why Child Restraints Matter
Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak we have temporarily suspended this service. Please contact us for more information
Progression of Child Restraints
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Information for Used Child Restraints:
How do you know if a used seat is okay to use? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do I know the history of the seat? A seat that comes from a best friend or family member is a very different thing than a seat that is purchased at a garage sale – the history of the seat is available. If the history of the seat is unknown, do not use it.
Has the seat ever been in a crash? If it has, discard and do not use.
Is the seat within its expiration date? (Usually 6 years from date of manufacture – check your owner’s manual for information on your seat.) If it’s not, it’s time for a new seat.
Does the seat have all of its parts? The owner’s manual will have a listing of all parts. If you are missing any and can pass the first three steps, call the manufacturer for replacement parts.
Remember, you are, TRUSTING this seat with the LIFE OF YOUR CHILD!
If in doubt, swap it out! Call 888-VMT-SEAT for help!
Information for Expired Child Restraints:
Be sure to check the expiration date of your child restraints. Sometimes expired seats are seen at our fitting stations and inspections. Some people don't realize the importance of the expiration dates of child restraints. DO NOT USE an expired car seat.
Car seats live in extreme environments, the very hot and very cold temperature fluctuations of a car through out the seasons. These temperature swings cause the plastic, over time, to become brittle and fail which can cause the harness to pull through the shell of the car seat and eject the child. You might not be able to visually see the material weakness, but manufacturers' test their materials and products for safety. Manufacturers' expiration dates are there for a reason. If your car seat is expired, STOP! DO NOT USE IT. Call 888-VMT-SEAT for help.
Child Restraint Re-use After Minor Crashes:
NHTSA recommends that child safety seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.
NHTSA recommends that child safety seats do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.
Minor crashes are those that meet ALL of the following criteria:
The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
The vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged;
There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;
The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND
There is no visible damage to the safety seat