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Wisconsin Rapids police aim to recycle expired children's car seats


Wisconsin Rapids police officers spent the day Friday collecting used child car seats.

They're trying to keep unsafe car seats from being resold.

Safety officers tell Newsline 9 a lot of parents don't know car seats come with expiration dates. Not checking these dates or buying a used car seat can have huge risks, they say.

"Depending on how they're stored of if they were in a crash might have cracks or hidden defects," said Kasandra Borchardt, safety officer with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.

Experts say most car seats last anywhere between five to nine years.

Safety officials warn used car seats are routinely sold at garage sales nationwide. These seats are what police are hoping to eliminate.

"It's unsafe if you don't know about that seat and so usually at a garage sale you don't know the person you're buying it from," said Borchardt.

Brian Dean dropped off seven of his family's old car seats on Friday.

"Things get outdated and they need to go," Dean said.

Terry Laatsch also dropped off a car seat.

"We want to get rid of the old car seats so that people are buying new car seats, and not buying them at garage sales because we want kids to be safe," said Laatsch.

Leonard Bulkow says he has twins and didn't know what to do with his old seats.

"There's no place that you can get rid of them, you can't sell them," said Bulkow.

Wisconsin Rapids police will dismantle the car seats. They say the metal and plastic all get recycled.

For parents who need a new car seat and can't afford one, Wood County officials say assistance is available for low-income families.

Those families can call the Wisconsin Information Network for Safety toll free at 1-866-511-9467 for more information.

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