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Old 03-04-2014, 08:19 PM
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Most (probably all) car seat manufacturers specify replacement after *any* accident. You can cite that to the other insurance company if the are refusing.

The reasoning? Car seats aren't made of metal like cars are. It's hard to see if they were stressed at key points during the force of an accident, and if they were, they might not perform adequately in a subsequent accident. No one is going to do any testing to prove that a car seat can adequately protect a child in a second collision. They are tested and warranted for a single event only. Additionally, the foam that protects heads that is in most seats now is indisputably a single use product. Just like a bike helmet, when it absorbs force, it compresses, cracks internally, etc.

So yes, a seat away from the accident, in a minor collision, without a child in it, is *probably* ok. But no one has ever tested it to know for sure that it is. And there is no way to look at the seat yourself and know for sure that it is.
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