What you need to know about counterfeit car seats
Experts say it’s a sign of the times, with inflation at its highest level in 40 years.
Some officials are urging parents not to compromise their children’s safety after health officials encountered dozens of counterfeit car seats.
Car seats are one of the most expensive items young children need, and they’re necessary to transport your baby no matter what.
The warning comes from a Florida hospital, but Mott Children’s Hospital says it has also seen a few counterfeit seats recently, along with other hospitals in the state.
Since January, those responsible for Orlando Health said they identified 27 counterfeit car seats and 11 foreign seats, all discovered while helping parents buckle up their new baby on discharge from hospital.
Officials say knockoffs may not have lower anchor attachments or a chest clip.
Safety experts say that many of these car seats are purchased online from third-party vendors, and if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
These are two of the more expensive brands, so if the price is lower than what you’ve seen at other retailers, that’s a red flag that it may be a counterfeit.
If you discover that you have purchased a counterfeit car seat, we encourage you to report it to stopfakes.gov.
There are also community organizations and hospital programs that make sure every family can find a free or discounted car seat.
If you are looking for a car seat, check out the links below:
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