For the third year in a row, Tucson Medical Center is collecting unwanted – and even expired – child car seats that are cluttering up garages and dens across the community.
Did you know that every car seat has an expiration date? It’s a little-known fact, but the date is usually found somewhere on a sticker or imprinted on the plastic. Typically, car seats have a shelf life of about six years from the manufacture date, because plastic can break down over time, particularly in Arizona’s sun.
In Tucson alone, an estimated 19,000 car seats expire every year.
Depending on whether they are still considered safe for travel, based on an evaluation of 10 factors, TMC either donates them to families in need in Mexico or properly recycles them. Last year, of the 324 car seats we collected, 40 were distributed to families in Mexico who otherwise may not have safe travel options.
You can drop off any used, expired or unwanted car seats including infant seats, convertible seats and booster seats. Don’t worry about the condition or cleanliness of the seat! Please drop donations off at the Teal Saguaro, Tucson Medical Center’s resale boutique: 5395 E Erickson Drive, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 795-1037.