Car accidents are stressful, especially if you're a parent. Many people do not realize that car accidents could cause damage to your child's car seat making it unsafe for your child to continue sitting in the same seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that car seats are replaced after a moderate to severe crash to ensure that there is a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.
How Do I Know If My Car Seat Was Damaged in an Accident?
In many cases, the damage wont be visible. That is why it is best to always replace a child's car seat following a car accident in the case that there is a second accident. If there is damage to the seat, it won't protect the child in any other accident. Most car seats do need to be replaced after an accident. If a car accident can cause damage to the steal of your vehicle, it can most definitely cause damage to the plastic in a car seat.
What To Do If Your Car Seat or Booster Seat Needs to Be Replaced?
Most insurance companies will replace your car seat thats been involved in an accident without question. If the insurance company agrees to replace your car seat, they will ask for photos of the receipt. They will then send over a check for the amount that the car seat was worth.