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Scrap Car Seats

Scrap Car Seats

Here at Cleveland Scrap Cars, a buyer of scrap cars that provides you the ability to scrap a car for cash, which includes complimentary junk car removal. Our news forum here centers of topics surrounding cash for cars and auto scrap and recycling. The discussions of car seats, which are an extra safety restraint required for transporting children, are the next topic. Sometimes when we pay cash for cars and proceed with the junk car removal, we will encounter these car seats left behind in the vehicle. In this report we will review the laws regarding these seats, assess the cost of these products and see (if and how) they are recycled.

The laws surrounding usage of these products in Ohio are as follows[1]:

  • Children under 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal safety standards.
  • Children under 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
  • Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt

The reasoning behind the booster seat is to elevate the passenger so the shoulder belt fits correctly. Those in violation of these requirements are subject to tickets and fines from law enforcement. We encourage you to visit healthy.ohio.gov to review any details.

The costs of infant car seats can range from $55 and up to $175+ with additional features and conveniences. The costs for a booster style of seat range on average from $15 to $70+ based on varying styles. It seems fairly obvious to me that the prices for the low-end models of these units are within the reach of the majority of Americans. I did a quick search on craigslist and noticed a few second hand models of the infant seats available for between $10 and $50. Based on this research, it seems that it would be inexcusable for parents to cite affordability as a reason for not having them on hand. Now we are in the US, where a small segment of the population feels they are entitled to have the majority of their living expenses either provided by or subsidized by the government.

UH Hospital has a program to help out for low income families: “Reduced Cost Car Seats Available for Qualifying Low Income Families: UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center is dedicated to protecting child passengers throughout NE Ohio by aiding parents & caregivers in making important decisions about how best to restrain their child passengers, providing assistance with properly using & installing car seats, and working to ensure that families—regardless of financial situations—have access to the means needed to assist their children’s travel safely. The RIPC is able to assist low income families by providing car seats at a cost discounted from retail prices, together with education in installing & using the seats. Proof of government assistance (WIC, HEAP, CHIP, Food Stamps, etc.) is required. To access this program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s main campus in University Circle, call 216-844-2277.

It seems like these seats are easily recycled, primarily between friends and relatives who may no longer have use for them. The items have a posted expiration date that the manufacturer deems to be the latest time the seat should be used. Beyond the expiration date, there does not appear to be much of any refurbishing of these products, likely because of the now lower pricing of new models.

CSC is a buyer of scrap cars that services Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties where you can scrap a car for cash. Our junk car quote includes the junk car removal service. To get cash for cars in Ohio the vehicle title and proper matching ID are required. Because this requirement is a state-based law, it applies regardless of which buyer of scrap cars that you contact. You can seamlessly scrap a car for cash in NE Ohio, simply call our scrap car buyer at (216) 282-JUNK. We are available 6 days a week and closed on Sundays. If your car, truck or van is wrecked or broken down, we will likely still make you an offer for it. Many car owners will call us from a Firestone Service Center, transmission shop, or Conrad’s location after determining the no longer wish to pay to repair their car.

[1] http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/vipp/cps/Child%20Passenger%20Safety%20Law.aspx