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is it true that car seats need to be thrown out once they get in a car crash

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Asked by HaileyRoseMama at 12:19 PM on Nov. 26, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes, that is true. And usually your insurance company will include a carseat allowance in the amt they give you to fix the car.

    Answer by Jenyenydot at 12:22 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • yes it is true. i know my sister got into a car accident and had to throw her daughters car seats out. her car insurance gave her a check to get new ones.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:25 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • Yes, my husband wrecked his truck with two carseats in it and we had to throw them away. Luckily the kids were not with him and he was not severely hurt.

    Answer by BrandonsMom1000 at 12:26 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • yes! even in a minor fender bender, even if the carseat doesn't look like there is any damage... Just think about it have you ever had to take yours apart to wash the cover? there are SO many little pieces that how easily could something break and you wouldn't even know it... and then if there were to be another accidnet how could you know for sure that your child is really safe?

    Answer by Kelly_Ann at 1:17 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • Yes, unfortunately...but it's definitely for the best! Plastic fatigue can be invisible, and you definitely don't want to put baby at risk! This is why you should never buy a used car seat, and why most places won't let you donate them.

    Like everyone else said, though, insurance should cover the replacement cost.

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 2:20 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • Yes. There are safety mechanisms that trigger in a crash (even a minor one), and you don't know what damage there may have been. It's not worth risking your child's safety to keep the seat.

    Answer by musicpisces at 4:27 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • Yes, when I was in an accident my carseats were paid for by the insurance company even though they weren't damaged since they could no longer be used.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 4:46 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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