Are car seats safe after a crash?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which enforces vehicle safety standards to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle accidents, recommends replacing a child’s car seat after a moderate or severe crash. There’s no need to replace a child’s car seat after a minor crash, according to NHTSA.

How do you know if a car seat is safe after an accident?

Damage to the car seat shell can be invisible to the eye, therefore it is impossible to know if the seat has been compromised. There is no method of truly determining if the restraint has been damaged in an accident.

Do insurance companies replace car seats after accident?

Auto insurance will usually cover the cost of replacing child car seats and booster seats after virtually any crash. To boost personal safety, choosing new seats may be best.

Why can’t you use a car seat after an accident?

Can I continue to use my child seat after it has been involved in a crash? … Your insurance company may require you to keep the child restraint for assessment, but do not use the child restraint after a severe crash. We consider a “severe crash” as being one where the main body structure of the vehicle is distorted.

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What do you do with a car seat after an accident?

If your insurance company doesn’t want the crashed carseat, you should dispose of it in your garbage or find a recycling program that will take it. To dispose of the seat, cut the harness straps and write “Danger, crashed carseat, DO NOT USE” on it in permanent marker.

Do I need to replace a dropped car seat?

YES. The car seat will still take some of the crash forces even when a child is not in the seat. Therefore, if the manufacturer says to replace the seat, it should be replaced regardless of whether the child was or was not in the seat.

Do Graco car seats need to be replaced after an accident?

Graco recommends replacing the car seat in the event of any type of accident. Even if there appears to be no damage to the car seat on the surface, the impact and force of a collision can cause unseen internal structural damage to your car seat.

What is considered a moderate car crash?

While a moderate car crash does not have a precise definition, some common characteristics of minor car crashes include: One or both vehicles traveling at speeds between 25 and 45 miles per hour. … The crash involved a rear-end or side-to-side collision. The damage to each vehicle is significant but repairable.