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If you have been in a car accident, the days and weeks afterwards can be a stressful time. Of course, this can be even more upsetting if you had children in your car at the time. Even if little ones weren’t present during the accident, you may be wondering about their car seats. When should you replace a car seat after an accident? We take a look at this important consideration below.

After a serious accident

If your car has been involved in a serious accident, with or without a child present, then you will need to replace the car seat. A serious or severe car crash is when the frame of your vehicle becomes damaged and misshapen during a collision. You may not be able to see any issues with the car seat itself, but due to the force of impact, some damage may be present without being outwardly visible.

After a minor accident

If a child was in their car seat during a small accident, you often can’t see damage to it. However, you should err on the side of caution and replace the car seat in this instance, as it is not always easy to tell whether or not the internal components of the seat are fully functional.

Can insurance cover this?

In some cases, your vehicle insurance may cover part of the cost of replacing your child’s car seat. However, there are often caveats in place, which means you should keep the car seat in your possession after a crash for inspection, but do not continue to use it. Each policy can differ on this, so it’s worth discussing it in more depth with your personal provider.

Have you been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault? Replacing a car seat should be one of your priorities afterwards. With so much to think about, we believe you shouldn’t have to be inconvenienced during such a difficult time. At Not My Fault, we provide high-quality accident replacement vehicles for not-at-fault car accidents. Get in touch to see how we could help you.