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Free car seat recycling day on April 26 at Schofield Fire Department

Apr 14, 2014

Event aims to remove unsafe child safety seats from circulation

SCHOFIELD, Wis. – Safe Kids Wausau area is providing a way for parents and caregivers to get rid of old car seats, free of charge. 

On April 26, Safe Kids Wausau Area is holding a Car Seat Recycling Day from 9 a.m.-noon at Schofield Fire Department, 1325 Schofield Ave. Car seats that are older than six years, purchased at a garage sale or thrift store, or involved in a crash will be collected and dismantled to be recycled and disposed of properly.

All car seats have an expiration date that can be found on the manufacturer’s label. If there is not an exact expiration date listed, a general rule is six years from the manufacture date. Seats used after their expiration date may not be safe or hold up in a crash.

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. 

The following also are good seats to bring to the event:

  • Seats that have been recalled.
  • Seats that have broken or missing parts.
  • Unwanted seats.

Car Seat Recycling Day is sponsored by Safe Kids Wisconsin, Advanced Disposal Services and Schofield Fire Department.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is the lead organization for Safe Kids Wausau Area, which works to prevent accidental injuries among children 14 years of age and younger as a coalition of Safe Kids Wisconsin, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Wausau Area holds monthly car seat check events and an annual water safety event called “Splash into Safety.” For more information on the monthly car seat checks, go online to