Car Seats after an accident
Some lesser known facts for you... hopefully nobody will ever need to use them, but these are good to keep in mind!
- Car Seats should be replaced after ANY accident. They are designed to keep your child safe once and only once. Any accident can cause cracks or hairline fractures in the seat and will then compromise the safety. Insurance companies often cover the cost of new seats, so be sure to call and let them know you need to replace!
- If you're in a more serious accident, try to leave you baby in their seat (unless it is dangerous to do so), as it can help immobilize their head and neck. Let paramedics remove your child from their car seat if you are able to.
One side note... I know that most moms wouldn't do it.. but on one of the facebook yard sales I'm on, a woman bought a car seat used and found a big crack in it under the cover when she went to wash it. The seller swore that it had never been in an accident...
Please please PLEASE buy your car seats new.
Hopefully I won't have to use this knowledge anytime soon, though :)