Your baby is your most precious cargo in a commute. This leads to a pressing question: Should you replace your child’s car seat after a collision? How can you tell if the seat is still safe?
When to Replace Your Child’s Car Seat After A Collision
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if your child’s seat is involved in a moderate to severe crash it needs to be replaced. How can you tell the difference between the two?
NHTSA considers an accident minor according to the following conditions. If you can still safely operate your vehicle immediately after the collision; if the impact that occurred didn’t cause the airbags to deploy; if the door closest to the child’s seat isn’t damaged; if no one in the vehicle sustained injuries that required medical attention; and if damage to the vehicle is only aesthetic, such as a small dent in the frame or chipped auto paint.
It’s still important to inspect your child’s seat. Take off the cushion and any padding and check for cracks. Take the seat out and reinstall it. If it doesn’t fit like it did before, replace it.
Check the Car Seat Manual
Read the user manual for further instructions and inspect the seat post-accident. Some manufacturers suggest replacing the seat even after a minor collision. If you no longer have the manual, check online.
We’ll Assess the Damage in Everett
Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body if you’ve been in an accident. While we don’t inspect baby seats, we do inspect vehicles to assess the damage. Most of our services include a warranty. Contact us today to set up a free consultation for all your automotive needs.
Assessing Your Child’s Car Seat After a Collision in Everett
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