Accident Prevention Safety

Safe garage sale shopping: 4 things to never buy at a garage sale

In these difficult economic times, people everywhere are looking for ways to save money. The following is a list of things that are unsafe to buy on that Saturday morning treasure hunt.
1. Bike or motorcycle helmets:  These are designed to protect the head for one accident.  You may not be able to see the damage to the interior foam.  It may seem like a bargain, but if you or child suffer a serious head injury it won’t be.
2. Child car seats:  As with the bike helmets, these should be replaced once subjected to significant force or impact.  It may look safe, but it isn’t worth the risk.  Even if the seat hasn’t been damaged, new car seats are technologically advance over those just a few years old.
3. Tires:  Tires that have been involved in a significant car accident are not generally reusable.  They may be unstable or unpredictable when you need them most.
4. Cribs:  Crib recalls are unfortunately common events.  Not having the original paperwork or the ability to register the crib makes it next to impossible to track its recall status.