It is recommended that car seats be replaced following a severe or moderate crash. A car seat may not need to be replaced after a minor crash.
If one or all of the following apply, the crash was considered minor:
- The vehicle was able to be driven away from the site of the crash.
- The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
- There were no injuries sustained to any passengers in the crash.
- The vehicle airbags did not deploy.
If there is damage to the car seat or the car door nearest the seat was damaged, the car seat must be replaced. Your insurance company may assist you in replacing your car seat.