If you consider the number of infant and child seats in use since their regulation primarily in the early 1990’s (Child Passenger Safety Laws in the United States, 1978-2010: Policy Diffusion in the Absence of Strong Federal Intervention, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3899584/), there are a number of seats in circulation and out.
And at the current moment, chances are a lot of families are not using the correct seat for their children. See this compilation of passenger safety regulations as listed by state on AAA:
If you bring in your used car seat between the dates of September 16-30, 2019 at participating locations, you will receive a $30 gift card towards your future child purchases (see site to plug in your zip code and search your area).
Check it out! And save that hunk of plastic from your local landfills!
Note these details:
- Limit 2 trade-ins per household
- Any car seat brand accepted
- Booster seats are not eligible for trade in