Today’s motor vehicles are safer than ever for both adults and children. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents were responsible for more than 600 child fatalities in 2020 alone. Strapping your child into a size-appropriate car seat is the most effective way to protect him or her, though.
As you undoubtedly know, car seats can be pricy. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to get as much use as possible out of your child’s car seat, it might be necessary to replace the seat after an accident. Nevertheless, it is sometimes acceptable to continue to use a car seat that has survived a minor wreck.
How serious was your car accident?
Car accidents can damage car seats, making them no longer safe for young passengers. To know whether your child’s car seat requires replacement, though, you must evaluate the seriousness of your accident. It is only ok to continue to use a car seat after a minor car accident.
Minor car accidents are usually mere fender benders. If your car has moderate or considerable damage, by contrast, your child’s car seat might not be safe. The same is true if someone in your vehicle suffered an injury in the collision.
What should you do with a damaged car seat?
As a responsible and caring parent, you do not want a damaged car seat to end up with another family. Therefore, you should resist the temptation to donate any car seat that may be unsafe. By disposing of the car seat in the trash or at a recycling center, you do your part to protect other kids.
Ultimately, if you have any concerns your child’s car seat might not be safe, purchasing a new seat can give you some valuable peace of mind.