Child car seats are designed to protect children during a crash, but do you know how to ensure that car seat is safe AFTER the crash?
Approximately 1 in 10 vehicles on the road has a car seat or a child passenger under the age of 7 who should be in a car seat or booster seat, according to NHTSA. When considering that, on average, a driver has a car crash once every seven years, it’s highly likely that a child under the age of 7 may be in a crash.
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 could have damaged their child’s car seat or booster seat. In crashes beyond a minor fender bender, NHTSA recommends replacing a car seat after the crash, especially because damage to the car seat might not be visible.
CARSTAR and Evenflo have teamed up for Child Passenger Safety Week to educate parents and caregivers about car seat replacement after a crash.
“As a mother of twin boys, you always want to make sure your children are protected in the car,” said Shannon Spake, Fox Sports host who covers football, basketball and motorsports. “When your car is involved in a crash, it’s just as important that you take care of your car seat or booster seat as it is to address the car damage. CARSTAR and Evenflo want to make sure parents everywhere are aware of the potential need to replace their car seat or booster seat after a crash.”
NHTSA provides guidance about what may constitute a minor crash. In some cases, depending on the guidance of the car seat manufacturer, a car seat involved in a minor crash may not need to be replaced. A minor crash is one in which ALL of the following apply:
• The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site
• The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged
• None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash
• If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash
• There is no visible damage to the car seat