Do I Need to Buy a New Car Seat After an Accident?

Being involved in a car accident can be scary and confusing, especially when you have your family in the car. If you have any young children that still use a car seat, then it’s important to know whether or not you need to replace the car seat following a car accident.

Minor Crashes

Following a minor car crash, it might not be necessary to replace your child’s car seat. Minor crashes refer to those that do not result in any injuries to any occupants, those where the door closest to the car seat is not damaged, those where the air bags were not deployed, those where the vehicle was able to be driven away from the scene of the accident, and those that result in no visible damage to the car seat.

Moderate/Severe Crashes

It is always a good choice to replace your child’s car seat after being involved in a moderate or severe car accident. These accidents occur when any of the above criteria are not met, whether or not your child is in the car seat during the crash. It is always better to play it safe by replacing the car seat following a major crash, even if it doesn’t appear to be damaged.

Contacting the Manufacturer

After a crash, it can be difficult to decide if your child’s car seat needs to be replaced. In this case, you can always contact the car seat manufacturer. Explain what happened and ask any questions you have. The manufacturer will be able to answer your questions and help you decide what to do next.


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