Child Car Seats

(Last Updated: 2/8/2021)

Put damaged and expired car seats in the garbage. Cut the straps so nobody is tempted to reuse a potentially dangerous car seat. If they won't fit in your garbage cart, take the seat to a county disposal facility. Seats left outside your cart are subject to extra garbage fees.

If the child car seat has been in a traffic accident, check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for a replacement.

Some recycling and reuse options are listed below.







Target stores sometimes have child car seat recycling events. Check their program website for dates and then call your local store directly to ask if they will participate.

Walmart stores recently announced their first car seat trade-in event happening Sept. 16-30, 2019 at the Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo stores.


According to, car seats can be passed along to a friend or donated to a family in need if they meet three safety conditions:

  • the seat has not been in an accident, is not visibly damaged, and has not been recalled.

  • the seat has not expired (check the sides or bottom for a date). Learn why car seats expire.

  • the straps have not been cleaned with harsh chemicals like bleach, which weaken the straps.

In Kitsap County, Eastside Baby Corner - West Sound accepts used car seats during their donation drop-off hours. In order to be donated, your seat must have 12 or more months left before expiration. Please wash your car seat’s cover first, if possible. All seats are inspected for safety by certified staff and firefighters before being given to a family in need.