Skip to content

When to replace a child car seat after a car accident.

Parents who make sure their children ride in a car seat appropriate for their age and weight can help prevent serious injuries if a crash happens. Following an accident, parents may need to replace their child’s car seat to retain optimal safety.

When parents assess whether their accident meets certain criteria, they can make an informed decision about whether or not to buy new car seats.

Conditions for replacement

Minor car accidents rarely damage vehicles to the point where car seats need replacement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people should only replace car seats in moderate or severe car accidents. Serious accidents may include conditions such as the following:

  • Airbags deploy
  • Visible damage to car seats
  • Occupants sustained injuries
  • Vehicles disabled

Help with replacement

Car seats are an investment for most parents. Following a car accident, parents may already feel the pressure of mounting financial strain due to medical bills and property damage. Fortunately, saferide4kids.com says that most insurance companies will provide a replacement car seat for free. Parents should never reuse damaged car seats. They may have the option of recycling them. Some retail stores provide a discount on a new car seat if people provide an old or damaged car seat to recycle.

When parents receive a new car seat for their child, they should make sure it is properly installed in their vehicle. Car seat manufacturers provide specific instructions for car seat installation based on the vehicle type, as well as the child’s age, weight and height. Parents should follow these guidelines to guarantee optimal protection for their child in a traffic crash.


Other Articles

December 14, 2023

Tragic Car Accident Claims a Life in Venice FL

Read Article

October 26, 2022

How Does a Bodily Injury Claim Work?

Read Article

June 27, 2022

Why You Need UM Motorist Coverage

Read Article

November 8, 2021

Big rig crashes and safety features that might reduce accidents

Read Article

Tell Us About
Your Case

Contact Us


Contact Gerber Law today

Please call 941-484-2700 for a free consultation if another person’s negligence has injured you or has injured or killed a family member. Unlike large companies, the firm treats clients in a personal and caring way.