Child Restraint Car Seats
We provide car seats for our young travelers. Our certified car seat technician ensures the seat is properly secured and fitted for children.
Donate A New Seat
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Donate Your Gently Used Seat
Many of our clients travel with young children fleeing without a car seat. Give your gently used car seat a second opportunity for safe travel! We accept donated used car seats under the following conditions:
- The seat was NOT installed in a vehicle during a car crash.
Exception: Minor crashes are those that meet ALL of the following criteria:
- The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
- The vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged;
- There were no significant injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;
- The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND
- There was no visible damage to the safety seat.
- You are the original owner of the seat.
- The manufacturer’s user manual/booklet is included (ideal), or can be downloaded/viewed online.
- All straps, tethers, coverings, buckles, handles, stickers and accessories are intact and original to the seat.
- The car seat is in exceptional condition with no known damage of any type.
We accept (then pass on) your gently used car seat along with other travel items including baby holsters, diaper bags, unopened teethers, rattlers, and small baby blankets. We cannot accept formula, clothing, pumps, furniture, and other non-travel related items. Contact our office to inquire and arrange for a porch pickup by a volunteer or staff member. You can also request to drop-off near our office at an appointed date and time. Dallas-Fort Worth area residents- call 972-885-7020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Houston area residents- call 346-386-6767 or email email@example.comPorch pickup timing may take a few days.
Car Seat FAQ’s
Do you inspect donated seats?
Yes, we inspect every donated seat.
We start by inspecting the seat’s belts, buckles, straps and structure for signs of damage or weakness. Seats with visible damage are discarded.
Next, we examine the seat’s expiration date. Manufacturer’s assign a date that the seat is not to be used after. This date is usually on the back of the seat in plastic or on the model sticker. Britax and a few other brands have the expiration date in the user guide booklet. Seats received past their expiration date are discarded.
Finally, we review the Highway Safety Research Center Child Restraint Recall List to know if the seat has a safety related recall. Seats with a recall that impacts safety are discarded. [http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/safety_info/child_passenger_safety/hsrc_child_restraint_recalls.pdf]
After passing visible inspection, expiration, and the recall list, the seat is cleaned, tagged, cataloged and lined up for use.
How can I donate my car seat?
Call or email us to arrange for a porch pickup if you're in DFW or the Greater Houston area. DFW call 972-885-7020 | Houston call 346-386-6767 during normal business hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for a volunteer to pick up.
What happens to a seat after a client travels with it?
Donated seats may be kept by the client after travel if they choose to accept it. We recommend our clients who keep their seats to visit a fire station or local hospital to learn about installing and using the seat correctly.
Who installs the seats before travel?
Our staff is specially trained to the same standards as certified car seat technicians to install child restraint seats before travel. Volunteer drivers are reminded to ensure shoulder straps are in the correct position (above or below the shoulder) and check that the straps are snug. Parents are asked to buckle their child.
Can clients use their own car seat for travel?
Of course! We'll help with installation and fitting. For liability and safety, if the seat is not appropriate for the child, we may refuse travel until a correctly sized seat is used. For example, seating a child under 3 years in a booster seat is not approved. View SaferCar.gov for information on car seats by age and size.
Do you accept car seat accessories?
Yes! We accept all types of donations related to travel.
If my donated seat is accepted then discarded, does that disqualify my tax receipt?
No. The value of your donated seat is still tax deductible. You should receive a tax deductible donation receipt mailed to you, or left at your porch. Let us know if your donation receipt is missing by emailing FamiliestoFreedom@gmail.com to request that.