Reusing child-safety seats after a minor accidentThe 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:
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