- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
They do. "Any car seat that's available for purchase in the US must meet US federal motor vehicle safety standards, regardless of where it was made," says Sandy Sinclair, a highway safety specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in Washington, DC.
If you order a car seat from a Canadian or other foreign website and have it shipped to the US, be sure to ask the retailer if the seat meets US federal safety standards, advises Sinclair. "If it doesn't, don't buy it."