Experts say this is the sign of the times, with inflation reaching 40 years.
Some officials are urging parents not to jeopardize their children’s safety after health officials find dozens of counterfeit car seats.
Car seats are one of the more expensive items that young children need, and they are required to carry your baby no matter what.
The warning comes from a Florida hospital, but Mott Children’s Hospital says they’ve also seen a few fake chairs recently and other hospitals in the state have too.
Since January, officials from Orlando Health said they had identified 27 counterfeit car seats and 11 foreign seats, all discovered when they were helping parents strap their new baby down as they left the hospital.
Officials say knock-offs may not have bottom anchor fasteners or a chest clip.
Safety experts say many of these car seats are purchased online through third-party suppliers, and if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Those are two of the most expensive brands, so if the price is lower than what you’ve seen at other retailers, that’s a warning that it could be a counterfeit.
If you discover that you have purchased a counterfeit car seat, you are encouraged to report it to stopfakes.gov.
There are also community organizations and hospital programs that ensure that every family can find a free or cheaper car seat.
If you are looking for a car seat, check out the links below:
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