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Body shop, hospital team up to recycle car seats

These car seats will be broken down and then sent to Omaha to be recycled. These car seats will be broken down and then sent to Omaha to be recycled.

If you've ever had a child you're probably familiar with car seats. But did you know that car seats can go bad?

There's a question many parents have asked: What makes a good car seat?

"If you have a seat laying around for a few years and a friend has a baby. Sometimes they can be passed on, and it's not necessarily safe," said Costa Tsiobanos, manager of Sioux Body Shop in Sioux City.

Tsiobanos' shop is teaming up with St. Luke's Regional Medical Center to recycle past-their-prime car seats. Cindy Running, a nursing manager for St. Luke's, says most seats are good for about five years, but it's important to check the expiration date.

"If your children are close in age, maybe a couple years apart, you may be able to get by using one for a couple kids, but you don't want to use one for one child, hand it off to somebody and then get it back for another child," said Running.

A lot of the time you can't actually tell when a seat is damaged. It's not something that you can. It's not cosmetic, it's structural," said Tsiobanos.

Tsiobanos says some of the parts inside could weaken, and the support could be compromised.

"That doesn't mean that they are going to fail. I'm not trying to cause alarm in people, but it's just something that the seat manufacturers themselves recommend," said Tsiobanos.

Sometimes, they find things like glass underneath. It's another reason why Tsiobanos says the new program will make life easier and safer.

"We dismantle them, and recycle all the parts and off they go," said Tsiobanos.

"Better to be safe than to be caught in a situation where you'll have regrets," said Running.

Once the seats are taken apart at the shop, they'll be taken down to a recycling center in Omaha.  If you're interested in recycling your old seat, you can drop it off at Sioux Body Shop, at 501 W. 8th Street, six days a week.

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