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Buying car seat from USA

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No, car seat sold in US is not tested and approved for Canadian HWY. Why would they, they are sold in US.
I don't think they are any less safer than car seats sold in Canada but why take any chances with your child, and god forbid you ever get in accident, i dont know what your insurance will say if they find out you were using US carseats.

Is there really good deal too good to pass in US?
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Dreamrider wrote: No, car seat sold in US is not tested and approved for Canadian HWY. Why would they, they are sold in US.
I don't think they are any less safer than car seats sold in Canada but why take any chances with your child, and god forbid you ever get in accident, i dont know what your insurance will say if they find out you were using US carseats.

Is there really good deal too good to pass in US?
https://m.kohls.com/product/prd-2481609 ... =affiliate - this item is 120$ in USA, but the exact model is 350$ in Canada.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/graco-exte ... 0196936888

Not sure how the car seat would be any less safer in Canada.
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Do a search regarding car seats. The short answer is you MUST buy from Canada and illegal to import into Canada.
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it would be taken away at the border too....
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Used to work at Customs...

There are lots of products here in Canada where we have a HIGHER STANDARD than in the USA
Especially so in the areas of health & safety, food & drugs & medical / childcare devices

THAT is the primary reason WHY Car Seats bought in the USA are NOT APOROVED FOR USE IN CANADA

These RULES are put into place for the health & safety of Cdn Citizens, after a lot of heavy duty stringent testing

Read thru this Transport Canada Notice for further info:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesaf ... nu-353.htm

Nothing about higher / lower costs... it is about the welfare of our citizens and in this case KIDS... MINORS
As a Parent I would hope that most Parents are looking out for their kids and going to PUT THEM HIGHER ON THE LIST OF PRIORITIES than saving some bucks

As per the RULES, you have to declare what you buy in the USA... (cannot pass this off as a “souvenir”) so right there, the Car Seat is going to get confiscated if it does not comply

Not declaring it... and you are in a whole other realm of crap

And have a car accident (does not matter who’s fault) with this Car Seat, and your kid gets injured and you get caught having an unapproved Car Seat and you are in big doo-doo with your Insurance, the police (on behalf of Transport Canada & CBSA)... and oh ya... Child Protective Services

Never mind the crazy guilt you are going to feel at putting your kid into a situation where their life / well being is at stake

Don’t be an @ss... some things are not worth the cost savings. Kids and their lives / safety need to RANK HIGHER than money
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Another thing to keep in mind when buying car seats that some people may not know is they have an expiry date. I didn't know that until I found this out trying to save a few bucks when trying to buy used ones for my kids when they were younger

Essentially the plastic weakens over time. Because of the potential for high impact this makes them unsafe after x number of years
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fryguy1987 wrote: Another thing to keep in mind when buying car seats that some people may not know is they have an expiry date. I didn't know that until I found this out trying to save a few bucks when trying to buy used ones for my kids when they were younger

Essentially the plastic weakens over time. Because of the potential for high impact this makes them unsafe after x number of years
True

Plus innovations in safety etc come along pretty regularly ... this is extremely true for Baby / Child Equipment
The exact reason they tell new parents, they should never buy a used crib etc

Safest to go with the latest in technology / design
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Yes Canada can have different standards but at the end of the day it's about the Cdn Gov't getting their piece of the pie. All Britax car seats for example are exactly the same in Canada and the US and all the ones we buy here come from the same plant in the US, the only difference is the bilingual stickers/box, and that lovely maple leaf safety sticker we pay at least an extra 30% for. Unfortunately we need to pay the higher prices here in Canada in the name of "safety".
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Canada and US have different standard so just because it is sold in US does not mean it is approved in Canada.
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ambujakshi wrote: https://m.kohls.com/product/prd-2481609 ... =affiliate - this item is 120$ in USA, but the exact model is 350$ in Canada.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/graco-exte ... 0196936888

Not sure how the car seat would be any less safer in Canada.
http://m.toysrus.ca/search/index.jsp?&f ... 2Fit&BRU=1

$230 at Baby r us
Personally not a fan of graco
Our first seat was graco, then switched to Diono and never looked back. If we wanted to use it as booster, which could, we'd be still using it.
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PointsHubby wrote: And have a car accident (does not matter who’s fault) with this Car Seat, and your kid gets injured and you get caught having an unapproved Car Seat and you are in big doo-doo with your Insurance, the police (on behalf of Transport Canada & CBSA)... and oh ya... Child Protective Services
This reason alone should deter anyone from even thinking about buying a US car seat to use here in Canada. They're not that expensive here and you can usually find good deals every so often.
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Lots of misinformation here. Car seats can be imported as long as it bears the certification mark from Canada. It's just cost effective to produce a single seat that meets all regulations from a company's perspective. It will be noted on the box as well as the physical car seat. The certification mark is very obvious. I've seen them on some seats when I was at Wal Mart at Niagara Falls. You just can't assume its on ALL seats
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ambujakshi wrote: https://m.kohls.com/product/prd-2481609 ... =affiliate - this item is 120$ in USA, but the exact model is 350$ in Canada.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/graco-exte ... 0196936888


Not sure how the car seat would be any less safer in Canada.

Appears to differ when used in rear facing (Usa vs CDN(

https://csftl.org/graco-extend2fit-review-canada/

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