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fittoac's picture
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Opinions please!

Last night I was parallel parked between two cars on the street in front of our building. About 11pm some lady crashed full speed ahead into the car behind me, which slammed into my car, which lightly hit the car in front of me. (She says she sneezed. That's a hell of a sneeze...) The rear end of my car is pretty effed up and the front bumper has some scratches but nothing major. Here is my question: would you get a new car seat? I know you're supposed to replace the car seat if it's involved in an accident, but I would consider this minor, considering the car was parked and there was no weight in the seat. I feel like it's probably the equivalent of if I had dropped the seat on the ground or something. Your thoughts?

Mine is the white car
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KET_2010's picture
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I googled it because I thought maybe you could ask your local police or fire station if they could inspect the seat. I found this:
NHTSA recommends that child safety seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.

NHTSA recommends that child safety seats do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.

Minor crashes are those that meet ALL of the following criteria:

The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;

The vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged;

There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;

The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND

There is no visible damage to the safety seat

I would go with how old the seat is as well. If it's pretty new then I wouldn't worry about it, but if it's like my DD1's (about 4-5 years old) then I would possibly look into getting a new one.

My sister recently had a wreck. Luckily her kids weren't with her, but she T boned a lady who pulled out in front of her at the last minute (no one was hurt) and she didn't replace the car seats. Ha then about a week after she got her car back from the shop she watched a huge delivery truck back into her truck! Lol. But again she didn't replace the car seats and they're fine.

As for that lady...I agree, that must've been some sneeze! Glad no one was hurt!

Joined: 01/16/07
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i would check with someone.....they may appear fine but still best to check with whoever in your area is qualified for car seat inspection

glad no one was hurt though, scary

ourfirstblessing's picture
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:lurker: if someone else's insurance is going to cover it can you request the cost of new seats be covered by the insurance? idk what i would do...

AnnaRO's picture
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The insurance of the woman who caused the accident should pay for a new carseat for you. The woman at my local SafeKids Coalition told me that legally the insurance of an at fault driver has to pay to replace the carseat just like it has to pay for the other damage to the car. There is a chance that the carseat if fine and undamaged, but there is also a chance that something, somewhere cracked or was weakened. When in doubt, replace. That's just my two cents. You could also contact your own car insurance company for their opinion and expertise on the matter.

I'm sorry that your car was damaged, but I'm glad that nobody was hurt. I agree, that is one heck of a sneeze!!

Joined: 06/01/09
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In every accident I have ever been in, my insurance company paid for my carseat to be replaced. Its not special insurance or anything, just when I made the claim I let them know. I went and bought a new comparable one, and faxed them the receipt and received a check in the mail within 2 weeks.

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Wow, that was one sneeze!!!
I'm glad no one was in your car at the time. If insure would cover a new one then I'd totally replace it JIC. If not then I'd really check mine out and see if I noticed any issues.

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Ali, like PP said, I'm pretty sure the lady who hit your car's insurance (well the lady who hit the car behind your car) is required to pay for a new carseat, I would get a new one JIC....also I'm pretty sure you know since you used to be a rental car lady too, but her insurance is also responsible for keeping you in a rental car until your car is fixed........

mommyof1.5's picture
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I would also insist that insurance pays for a replacement. Especially with that much car bumper damage, they shouldn't argue that it's necessary.

PsycheGal's picture
Joined: 12/07/08
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Well, I just learned something new. I had no idea you were supposed to replace the car-seat even if it's a fender bender! Good to know!