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Second Hand Products

Many people buy second-hand products online, at garage sales, second-hand stores, or borrow from family and friends, but did you know that there are potential risks with second-hand products? Make sure you are aware and informed before buying or borrowing second-hand products.


Safety Tips

  • Always look for labels on products. Some products need information with the manufacturer, the model number and the date of manufacture for example cribs and car seats.
  • Ask questions about the product such as:
    • how old is it?
    • how much use has it had?
    • have there been any repairs to the product?
  • Make sure the product is not damaged. Always look for missing, loose or broken parts.
  • Check Consumer Product Safety Recalls from Healthy Canadians to see if the product has been recalled.1

For more information, visit Information for Shoppers of Second-hand Products from Health Canada.

Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: July 11, 2017


1Health Canada (2012-07-11. Information for Shoppers of Second Hand Products. Retrieved from