Stay away from the second hand, used, or even non-accredited brands
as this puts your child's safety at risk. Getting used seats from work colleagues, friends or family can make us feel that we do not need to check the basics, because they come from a trusted source.
If you will use secondhand seats, be sure to check the labels on the seat
, especially the expiry dates. Make sure to check the history of the seat, as well as models that have been recalled back by manufacturer's. Before you buy a car seat, check that it has not been recalled by using this database: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
Try and stick to known, reputable brands
(e.g. Graco Nautilus , Evenflo, Graco Milestone, Maxi Cosi etc.) as they are likely to have documentation for installation, plenty of reviews, and even advice in forums online.