Reusing child-safety seats after a minor accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently revised its advice to parents and caregivers, and now allows the reuse of child-safety seats after a minor crash if all of the following conditions apply:
- Visual inspection of the child-safety seat, including inspection under any easily movable seat padding, does not reveal any cracks or deformation that might have been caused by the crash.
- The vehicle in which the child-safety seat was installed could be driven from the scene of the crash.
- The vehicle door nearest the child-safety seat was undamaged.
- None of the vehicle’s occupants was injured.
- Air bags (if any) did not deploy.
Never make exceptions. It can be a costly error. For more information on child safety seats, visit these web sites:
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.