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In-Service Safety Series
FOR PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISORS
In-Service Safety Series
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USED CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECKLIST

1. Does the seat have a label showing it was manufactured after January 1, 1981? YES: Continue
NO: Discard the Seat!
2. Does the seat have a label showing that it meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards? YES: Continue
NO: Discard the Seat!
3. Has the seat been recalled for safety defects? (To find out, call the Auto Safety Hotline* and give them the model number and date of manufacture of the seat.) NO: Continue
YES:
Have the defects been corrected?
YES: Continue
NO: Discard the Seat!
4. Has the seat been involved in a car crash? YES: Discard the seat!
NO: Continue
5. Are there any cracks, bends, or breaks in the plastic shell or metal frame? YES: Discard the seat!
NO: Continue
6. Do you have a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions? YES: Continue
NO: Call Auto Safety Hotline* for telephone number of manufacturer to request instructions
7. Does the seat have all its parts: harness straps, retainer clips, padding, shield, tether straps, and bolts? YES: Continue
NO: Discard or obtain replacement from the manufacturer
8. Are the harness straps worn or frayed? YES: Discard or obtain replacement from the manufacturer
NO: Continue
9. Does the buckle area show signs of rust? YES: Discard or obtain replacement from the manufacturer
NO: Discard the Seat!
10. Does the buckle mechanism latch, remain latched, and unlatch smoothly? YES: Continue
NO: Discard or obtain replacement from the manufacturer



*Auto Safety Hotline: Toll Free 1-800-424-9393. In the DC area 202-366-0123
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