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Tucson Medical Center hosts car seat recycling event

Published: Mar. 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 11:17 AM MST
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Map for car seat recycling event (Source: Tucson Medical Center)
Map for car seat recycling event (Source: Tucson Medical Center)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A group from Tucson Medical Center is hosting a program to recycle car seats, but it doesn't involve bringing them to the landfill, they will go to help families across the border.

Car seats have an expiration date, according to manufacturers, of six years. But many children outgrow those seats before that date is reached, leaving parents with an unused car seat.

Tucson Medical Center is kicking off a car seat recycling program on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in TMC parking lot number 29.

So far TMC has collected hundreds of seats and tomorrow professionals will use a checklist to see which ones are salvageable and which are not.

Car seats that cannot be used will be broken down, with the metal and plastic parts being given to Tucson companies that will melt them down and reuse them.

Those that are still usable will be sent to Mexico for families in need.

According to TMC officials in the Mexican state of Sonora, an estimated 13 percent of babies and small children use car seats, while in Arizona that number is closer to 90 percent.

"We are going to get them to Mexico because we want them to have something," said Jessica Mitchell, with the Tucson Medical Center. "It's better than them thinking that having their babies on their lap is okay or a baby in a seatbelt is going to be okay, because we know it is not."

Wondering what your car seat's expiration date is?  Turn the car seat over and look for a the manufacture date, add six years to it and that is when your seat expires.

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