How to put your kid’s old, unused car seat to good use

Randall Children's Hospital has recycled 15,000 car seats

Oregon law requires children weighing less than 40 pounds to sit in child car seats. (MGN)
Oregon law requires children weighing less than 40 pounds to sit in child car seats. (MGN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Is your child too big for their old car seat?

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel can put your old, unused car seat to good use, and potentially save the life of another child in the future.

Tammy Franks is the Child Passenger Safety Seat Coordinator at Randall Children’s Hospital where she began recycling car seats 9 years ago.

Today, she tells KOIN 6 News her team has recycled 15,000 seats.

“By recycling them it discourages reuse of seats that may have been in a crash, are expired, missing parts, unsafe to use for other reasons,” Franks said.

She encourages anyone interested in donating their old car seat to strip it down before dropping it off. The webbing, fabric and even the foam are often tossed out before the seats’ plastic shells are sent off to a recycler.

“The easiest thing to start with are the harness straps,” she said.

Legacy Emanuel’s Safety Fair is Saturday, August 6. It’s the perfect time for you to drive up and drop off your child’s old, unused car seat to be recycled.

Where to drop off your old car seats at Legacy's Community Wellness Fair. (Legacy Health)
Where to drop off your old car seats at Legacy’s Community Wellness Fair. (Legacy Health)

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