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17/10/2013 at 15:03
....buy one of these from eBay or suchlike? Just the base not the actual car seat? Opinions please x
17/10/2013 at 15:35
If I saw it in perfect working order probably yes. I have my SIL's although I know it's in brand new condition. I'm not sure what the deal with used bases is tbh?
17/10/2013 at 15:40
The base shoud be ok, shouldnt it?
17/10/2013 at 15:41
i thought as long as everything clicks in and you see the green flags then that means its safe and in full working order?
Both of mine are second hand, although they are from friends so we know they are in good condition. Didn't give it a second thought to be honest.
17/10/2013 at 15:42
I know seats, if been in accidents can compromise structure therefore softy but if all connections etc were working on a base I'd assume ok?
17/10/2013 at 15:50
i know seats have an expiration date, do the bases also ?
But surely in the same way as a seat, you may not be able to see if it's damaged? Although it doesn't protect like a car seat, it's still the only thing securing the seat to the car, so even if it clicks in etc, cracks or damage in its structure could be lethal. So no, if I didn't know it's history for sure I wouldn't buy a base secondhand.
17/10/2013 at 15:58
I wouldn't if I didn't know it's history. I do have a second hand base but from a friend.
17/10/2013 at 16:08
Thanks ladies. I was worried about the same issues stripey has mentioned, so perhaps for peace of mind new is the way to go. I don't have any friends that are selling second hand at the mo.
No I wouldn't. Unless it was second hand from a family member or friend and I knew it had absolutely not been damaged, I just wouldn't risk it.
17/10/2013 at 16:54
No. I've known friends not to replace car seats after accidents so def wouldn't buy off a stranger. Everybody is different but that's not a risk i'd ever take.
17/10/2013 at 17:53
No and put bluntly I wouldn't risk the safety of my child to save money. Just isn't worth the risk imo.
17/10/2013 at 18:19
I wouldn't either. Tbh I wouldn't even take from family. To some "not been in an accident" neglects that slight prang on the roundabout. That said we take the same approach as TP and the car seat and base I am way way OTT and over cautious with!
17/10/2013 at 18:57
Thanks again ladies. As I said, you just confirmed some of the worries I had anyway x
17/10/2013 at 19:01
I asked this before and the general consensus was no. I don't think the same rules that apply to car seats should really apply to the base but it's not worth the risk - I managed to get a new base off Amazon for a similar price a 2nd one would have cost anyway so it's worth keeping an eye out for special offers.
And what Little Madam said about accidents being different to some people. Our car had a very minor collision and we were told the seat didn't need to be replaced but I wouldn't pass it onto anybody saying it hadn't been in an accident as I suppose technically it was. We don't use it now anyway but it is a spare in my mums car and the impact was so slight I'm comfortable that no damage could have been done. Was no different from if the car had been reversed into a bollard for example and I doubt people replace seats when they do that!
17/10/2013 at 19:13
I asked Maxi Cosi and they said the expiration applied to bases as well as seats.
17/10/2013 at 19:45
It's worth considering the belted one as they are about half the price. It's really easy to fit and you get the same benefits as the isofix with not having to keep strapping the carseat in.
17/10/2013 at 21:21
I'd have to agree with TP and LM. I don't think I could take the risk so would def buy new.
02/04/2016 at 22:33
Hi, sorry to bring an old post back. We have a new born coming along September :) Just pricing everything up.
Now I'm not one to skimp and certainly on safety, but im looking at going for a I-Size seat since its higher standard than current law and will be future proof for when fully brought in. I understand that thet must be fixed to an ISO Fix base and will allow us to keep facing baby rearwards upto or past 15months.
With me and wife's car, plus grandparents, we will need 4 ISO Fix bases and want to go for the Family 2 way version so it can stay rear facing.
Would 2nd hand be ok considering that the family base has a green light system when everything is locked in and in good working condition? Also where does this 'replace base in accident' quote come from? Having come from a motorsport background, seat belt harnesses, seat bases and the likes are secure. Car accidents don't cause harm to seat belt fixings etc? Just keen to know why there is a problem?
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