Car seat recycling day aims to get unsafe child safety seats out of circulation

April 18, 2013
WAUSAU, Wis. - All car seats should have an expiration date that can be found on the manufacturer's label. If there is not an exact expiration date listed, a general rule is 6 years from the manufacture date. Seats used after their expiration date may not be safe or hold up in a crash. Safe Kids Wisconsin Coalition, led by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, is providing a way for parents to drop off old car seats, free of charge.

At Car Seat Recycling Day, seats older than 6 years and seats purchased at a garage sale or thrift store or involved in a crash will be collected and dismantled to be recycled and disposed of properly.

Saturday, April 20

Safe Kids Chippewa Valley, Eau Claire Ford Lincoln & Quick Lane,
2909 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Safe Kids Fox Valley
Grand Chute Fire Station , 2250 Grand Chute Blvd., Grand Chure, WI 54913, 9 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids Madison Area
Kohl's East , 2602 E. Springs Drive, Madison, WI 53704, 9 a.m. - noon
Kohl's West, 7401 West Towne Way, Madison, WI 53719, 9 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids Oconto County
Oconto Fire Department, 1210 Main St., Oconto, WI 54153, 10 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids Portage County, Plover Fire Department, 2400 Post Road, Plover, WI 54467, 9 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids Wausau Area, Marathon Park, Judging Pavilion, 1201 Stewart Ave., Wausau, WI 54401, 9 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids Wood County , Marshfield Fire Department, 514 E. 4th St., Marshfield, WI 54449, 9 a.m. - noon

Safe Kids La Crosse Coulee Region
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27
La Crosse Fire Station #3, 1710 Losey Blvd., La Crosse, WI 54601

Onalaska City Hall, 415 Main St., Onalaska, WI 54650
Brice Prairie 1st Responders Building, W7886 County Road ZN, Onalaska, WI 54650

Car seats purchased secondhand also are dangerous. The history of the car seat is unknown and may have been involved in a crash or recalled.

The following also are good seats to bring to the event:
Recalled seats.
Seats with broken or missing parts.
Unwanted seats.

For more information, visit

Car Seat Recycling Day is sponsored by AAA®, Safe Kids Wisconsin and Veolia Environmental Services.

A member of Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Wisconsin works to prevent accidental injuries, the leading cause of death among children 14 years of age and younger. The coalition combines the expertise of Safe Kids coalitions and chapters statewide to prevent childhood injuries through collaboration, education, policy and advocacy initiatives. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is its lead agency.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States and is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care,
community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at