Gayle Anderson was live in Pomona for a new CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY AND RECYCLING program. When should you RECYCLE rather than REUSE? When your child's safety is concerned. Thanks to the Child Safety Seat Recycling Project, organized by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., the Pomona Police Department, and TMC Horizon Inc. Recycling Center in Pomona, you can recycle old, damaged, or expired child safety seats, which might not provide the best protection to children during a crash and therefore, need to be destroyed rather than reused. 

How do you know if your old child car safety or the "gently used" safety seat you acquired is still safe to use? A child safety seat should NOT be used if:

  • It is toward the end of its useful life. All child safety seats have an "expiration date" stamped onto them. Do NOT use a child safety seat that is expired or over 10 years old.
  • It has been involved in a crash. Vehicle insurers are required to replace any child safety seat that has been in a vehicle crash. 
  • It is missing any parts, including the long instruction booklet, or has damage. 
  • There is an unfixable recall on the safety seat. For a list of the most recent recalls and replacement parts, please visit SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.,

If it's not safe for your child, it's not safe for any child. Do your part to protect all children. Before donating your child safety seat, make sure to fill out the following form in order to certify that your used safety seat  is safe enough to use: Evaluation Form for Used Safety Seats.

With 130,000 babies born in Los Angeles County each year, a huge number of old child safety seats are dumped in the trash, when they should be recycled. By recycling child safety seats, you can help protect the environment and keep thousands of these safety seats out of local landfills.  

Recycle your old child safety seats! TMC Horizon, Inc. will collect old child safety seats through December 2012. Seats can be dropped off during their normal business hours. If you have 10 or more seats and are located within 40 miles of TMC, you can schedule a pick-up by calling (562) 692-2700. At least 90% of the car seat can be recycled, including the plastic, metal, and foam parts. Please remove the cloth cover and the harnass straps, if possible, before dropping off.

In addition, you can drop off car seats for recycling at the main entrance of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. For more information, call (323) 361-4697.

The Family Resource Center at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach accepts child car seats for recycling on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (562) 933-9151.

For more information:
Child Car Seat Safety and Recycling
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
P.O. Box 553
Altadena, CA 91003
(310) 222-6860

(800) 745-SAFE
(800) 747-SANO (Spanish) 

Child Safety Seat Recycling Drop-off Locations:
TMC Horizon Inc.
1315 East 4th Street
Pomona, CA
(562) 692-2700
Drop-off during business hours through December 2012

Child Safety Seat Recycling Drop-off Locations:
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Injury Prevention Program
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-4697
Drop-off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the 1st Friday of the month 

Child Safety Seat Recycling Drop-off Locations:
Family Resource Center
Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 933-9151
(562) 933-9211 FAX
Drop-off recycling on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.