When to replace car seats after an accident.

When to replace car seats after an accident.

A question we get asked about frequently is when you should replace your car seat after a car accident. Car accidents are never the same, and often this creates a grey area about whether the seat has taken any crash force or damage. 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.

 

 

If you were involved in a minor accident where the child was occupying the car seat, we recommend that the car seat be destroyed, as the continued safety of the car seat would not be able to be determined.

If your car seat has been involved in a severe crash, we recommend that you should destroy the car seat, even if no damage to the car seat is obvious, or whether or not the car seat was occupied. We consider a “severe crash” as being one where the main body structure of the vehicle is distorted.

 

 

Some insurance companies offer vehicle insurance which covers or partially covers the replacement of your child restraint. We recommend you contact your insurer for further details. Your insurance company may require that you keep the child restraint for assessment, but do not use the restraint after a severe crash. If you are not required to keep it, see our helpful article here on how to dispose of your old or broken car seat (or feel free to use it as a pet bed!).

To help you in making an accident insurance claim, download the statement here and include it with your claim.

If you are ever in doubt, our Customer Care team is always here to help!

 

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Comments

InfaSecure - November 19, 2019

Hi Brian,

Thanks for contacting us! We’re sorry to hear about your accident, we hope everyone is ok.

If your restraint has been involved in a severe crash, you should destroy the restraint even if no damage is obvious. Some insurance companies offer vehicle insurance which covers or partially covers the replacement of your child restraint. We recommend you contact your insurer for further details.

We consider a “severe crash” as being one where the main body structure of the vehicle is distorted.

There is no method of truly determining if the restraint has been damaged in an accident, as damage may be caused to the internal structure of the restraint and would not be visible in an inspection. We agree with the above from the Australian/New Zealand Standards Committee in recommending the destruction of the restraint.

Your insurance company may require that you keep the child restraint for assessment, but do not use the restraint after a severe crash. To assist you in making an accident insurance claim, download the statement within the FAQ below and include it with your claim.

https://help.infasecure.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/115004605827-Can-I-still-use-my-car-seat-after-an-accident-

brian - October 21, 2019

Question: My daughter was involved in a car accident and there was no child in the baby seat at this time of the accident.
Hit car brakes at 60klm skidding into the other car and t-boned passenger door as crossed into her path at about 50 klm no air bags deployed .
Should this car seat be replaced

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