If you are a new mom, you must understand that car seats expire. The number of years you can use a car seat depends on the car seat brand you have and the lifespan specified by the brand.
If you own a Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite, RAVA, REVV, EXEC, or AACE car seat, there is always a specification on how long you can use it. We shall go through Nuna car seats to see their expiration dates.
We will also see if car seat bases expire and what to do with your Nuna car seat after its expiration date.
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How Long Are Nuna Car Seats Good For?
In General, Nuna car seats are good for between 7 and 10 years after purchase or manufacture. However, since there are different models or categories of Nuna car seats, each has its expiration date.
For example, you bought a Nuna PIPA car seat in June 2020 and the expiration date is 7 years after purchase. Therefore, you should stop using the car seat by June 2027. 7 years is the useful lifespan of that car seat.
Peradventure you bought a car seat some years ago and forgot the date of purchase, you can check the car seat manufacturing date and start counting from that date.
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Nuna Car Seats And Their Expiration Dates
To be sure of the exact expiration date of the Nuna car seat you have, we shall go through the different models of Nuna car seats and the number of years they are good for.
Expiration Date For Nuna PIPA and PIPA Lite
There are 6 infant car seats under the PIPA series – PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite RX, PIPA Lite R, and PIPA Lite LX. If you own any of the Nuna PIPA, it usually has 7 years of use from the date of purchase.
A Nuna PIPA infant car seat is suitable for babies from birth until about 18 months of age. At about that age, babies tend to reach the maximum height or weight of the car seat. At that point, you need to transition to a convertible car seat.
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Expiration Date For Nuna RAVA Car Seat
Nuna Rava convertible seat has an expiration date or useful life of 10 years after purchase. That means you can use it for as many kids as possible within the period of 10 years after purchase.
If you are not sure of the date of purchase, you may consider working with the date of manufacture. A child can use Nuna RAVA from birth until about 5 to 7 years.
Expiration Date For Nuna REVV Car Seat
Just like the RAVA, Nuna REVV has a useful life of 10 years after purchase or after the date of manufacture. There is a sticker on the car seat that has the date of manufacture.
The Nuna REVV car seat is a revolutionized convertible car seat that has the ability to rotate from rear-facing to forward-facing. You can expect to use Nuna REVV convertible car seat for your child for about 3 to 4 years.
Expiration Date For Nuna EXEC All-In-One Car Seat
The Nuna EXEC is an all-in-one car seat that has an expiration date or useful life of 10 years after purchase or from the date of manufacture. It can be used for a child from birth to 10 years (between 5 lbs. and 120 lbs).
Buying the Nuna EXEC means you won’t be needing any other car seat for your child until he/she starts using the vehicle seat.
Expiration Date For Nuna AACE Booster Seat
The Nuna AACE booster seat has an expiration date or lifespan of 10 years after the date of purchase or manufacture. If you are not sure of the date of purchase, you can start counting from the date of manufacture.
Note: Whether you have Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite, RAVA, REVV, EXEC, or AACE, NHTSA recommends that you replace the car seat after a moderate or severe crash. Replacing it ensures that your child is well-protected in case of another crash.
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How To Know The Expiry Date Of A Nuna Car Seat
To know when your Nuna car seat will expire, you have to remember the date of purchase of the car seat. You can start counting from the day you purchase the car seat – 7 years for PIPA and 10 years for other Nuna car seats.
You may also decide to use the date of manufacture to calculate the expiration or useful life of Nuna car seats. There is always a serial label at the bottom of the car seat that has information on the date of manufacture.
Why Do Nuna Car Seats Expire?
Nuna car seats or other brands of car seats expire because, over time, the materials used to make the car seats (foam, metal, plastic, etc.) are subjected to environmental elements such as extreme temperature and humidity.
When a car seat expiration date is reached, you should stop using the car seat because it no longer has structural integrity in case of a crash. Car seat manufacturers have done a series of tests to determine the useful life of car seats.
In a case where there is a moderate or severe crash, you don’t need to wait for the expiration date of the car seat before replacing it. For a high level of protection for your child, always replace a car seat involved in an accident.
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Does Nuna Car Seat Base Expire?
Yes, Nuna car seat bases expire the same way the car seats expire. For Nuna PIPA bases, they expire 7 years after purchase or 7 years from the date of manufacture.
You should always check the serial label on the base of a car seat to know its manufacturing date. If you can’t find the date on an old car seat base, you should replace it for security reasons.
Is It Safe To Use An Expired Nuna Car Seat?
It is never a good idea to use an expired Nuna car seat or any other car seat because the seat is no longer in its best form. After 7 to 10 years, most car seats start to deteriorate due to environmental effects on them.
Using an expired car seat means you are exposing your little one to high risk in case of an accident. Also, as these car seats get old, they may start to release some chemicals that may be harmful to kids and the environment.
What To Do With An Expired Nuna Car Seat
If your Nuna car seat has exceeded its useful life, below is what you need to do:
- Get scissors or any sharp object to cut off the foam, fabric, and harness straps from the car seat
- Remove as many metal parts as possible with the use of a screwdriver
- Discard the foam, fabric, straps, metals, plastics, foam
- Mark the seat as expired
- Look for a recycling company around your area and call them for pick up