How to Donate a Car Seat

WestSide Baby providers with new car seat

WestSide Baby distributes used car seats to families who cannot afford them!

 

Why donate a car seat?

In 2017, we were only able to fill 47% of car seat requests from the families we serve. Your donated car seats can help keep another child safe in car accidents, one of the leading causes of death and injury in children. We accept car seats that can be reused. Each donated seat is checked using a process designed by a Certified Car Seat technician to ensure its safety prior to redistribution.

Donated seats MUST meet the following requirements:

In addition, whenever possible, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov to quickly review whether your seat has been recalled. You may be surprised. Many issues can be addressed by ordering a part (usually free of charge from the manufacturer). This individual effort on your part allows us to move items through safely and quickly.

Why the restrictions?

Car seats are made of mostly plastic, which decomposes over time due to fluctuations in car temperatures, use, and rough handling. As it breaks down, the integrity of the seat is compromised. In some cases, it can actually do more harm than not being in a safety seat at all.

At present we are unable to recycle unusable or expired car seats – we are currently working to establish a new partnership and will update once this option is available.