Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and thus many parents ask….
Do I Need to Replace My Child’s Car Seat After an Accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers some helpful advice. The NHTSA states that in the case of a minor accident, replacing a child car seat is not necessary.
The NHTSA states a motor vehicle accident is considered minor, if it meets all 5 of these criteria.
- The vehicle involved is able to be driven away.
- The door closest to the child car seat was not damaged.
- None of the vehicle’s airbags deployed.
- There is no damage to the child car seat.
- No one inside the vehicle was injured.
If a vehicle accident has occurred and meets these guidelines, the accident is considered a minor one. The child car seat will not need to be replaced.
Will My Insurance Company Pay for a New Car Seat?
If the accident was severe, such as with frame damage to your car, then the insurance will replace the car seat. It is also helpful to note that many insurance companies will cover the cost of a brand-new car seat, regardless if the accident was severe or minor. So even if you have been involved in a minor accident resulting in no visible damage applied to your car seat, you may wish to contact your insurance company about obtaining new car seats to see what their position might be on that type of claim.
If you’ve been in an accident and you have other questions such as these, contact a motor vehicle accident attorney in Trinity, FL like Chuck Philips. Chuck and his team are happy to answer any legal questions you might have even if you don’t think you need a lawyer at this time.