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Car Seat Recycling Day, April 20, aims to get unsafe child safety seats out of circulation


Eau Claire (Press Release) - Safe Kids Chippewa Valley and Safe Kids Wisconsin are partnering in a statewide "Car Seat Recycle Day" to offer Chippewa Valley parents, grandparents and caretakers a safe, environmentally-friendly alternative to disposing old, broken or outgrown car seats – free of charge.

On Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Eau Claire Ford Lincoln and Quick Lane (2909 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire), community members can drop off car seats that are older than six years old, or purchased at a garage sale/thrift store, or involved in a crash. The car seats will then be dismantled, recycled and disposed of properly. The free service is on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments will be taken.

"People may not know that all car seats have an expiration date that can be found on the manufacturer's label," said Paula Pater, Safe Kids Chippewa Valley coordinator. "If there isn't an exact expiration date listed on a car seat, a general rule is that it expires six years from the manufacture date. Seats used after their expiration date may not be safe or hold up in a crash."

According to Safe Kids USA, car seats purchased second hand are dangerous as well. The history of the car seat is unknown and may have been involved in a crash or recalled. 

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