September 18-24, 2016
Child Passenger Safety Week
Child safety seats are designed to protect children during an accident, but do you know how to ensure that car seat is safe AFTER the accident? CARSTAR the auto body repair expert reminds us that even low speed crashes can cause car seat damage, which may reduce protection and performance in future crashes.
While most drivers immediately plan to repair or replace the vehicle after the crash, they don’t always consider that the forces that damaged their car also put a significant strain on the car seat, likely damaging or weakening the structure. In most accident cases other than a minor crash, the National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends replacing a car seat after an accident, even though damage to the seat might not be visible.
NHTSA recommends that drivers NEVER use a car seat that has been involved in a moderate to severe crash which NHTSA defines as any of the following:
The vehicle was not able to be driven away from the crash
The vehicle door nearest the car seat was damaged
One or more passengers in the vehicle sustained injuries
Any of the air bags deployed during the crash
If any of these occurred - REPLACE YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY SEAT
"CARSTAR is committed to repairing accident damage and getting families back on the road in a safe vehicle, and the child safety seat is a major part of that vehicle’s safety system,” said Dean Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts. “Any time you’re replacing sheet metal, bumpers, air bags and other safety systems, you’ve been in a crash hard enough to damage the child safety seat. It’s a cost that many insurance policies cover, so it’s always smart to replace the car seat and ensure your child is safe and protected on the road.”
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service with more than 430 locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair, and they will send a tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For information and store locations, more tips on driving and collision repair, visit www.carstar.com
Information for this article was provided by Debby Robinson of the Victory Management Group