Parents want their children to remain as safe as possible. One of the best ways to do this in a vehicle is to have the child in a proper restraint. For younger children, this means having them in a booster seat or car seat, depending on their height and weight.
One thing that some parents don’t realize is that car seats might not be able to be used again after they’ve been involved in a wreck. There are specific criteria that must be met in order for a car seat to be used again after a crash.
When can you reuse a car seat after a wreck?
All of these points must be met if you’re going to use the car seat after it’s been involved in a crash:
- There must not be any noticeable damage
- All parties must have left the scene uninjured
- The vehicle must not have been totaled
- Airbags should still have been intact
- No damage was sustained in the area near the car seat
Many insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost of replacing the car seat. It may also be factored into a claim for compensation.
People who are involved in a crash while they have children in the vehicle should ensure that they get the medical care they need for themselves and the kids. While this might be costly, it’s imperative for everyone’s health. Seeking compensation is possible if the other driver’s negligence was the cause of the crash. You shouldn’t be held liable for the costs, but you only have a limited time to get your case filed.