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Old 05-01-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

My husband was in a car accident yesterday. He was fine, DD wasn't in the car, and aside from moderate front end damage, the vehicle was totally fine (no damage to the inside of the car). The car's air bags didn't deploy or anything, although the insurance may choose not to repair due to the age of the vehicle and the mileage :-/
The insurance company told us to throw out the Chicco NextFit that we bought about 3 months ago. They will refund us up to $250 for it.

It just breaks my heart to throw out what is most likely a perfectly defect-free new car seat when someone else can use it. I greatly hesitate Craigslisting it for free with its history outline, because someone may turn around and sell it without the disclosure.

Do I go to the dump with it?

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Old 05-01-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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Re: Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

Sadly I would trash it Its just not structurally sound anymore and a child could get hurt. The accident rendered it useless. Thank god she wasnt in the car and it wasnt needed.
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Re: Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

I don't understand how a car seat is ruined by an accident if it wasn't in use. I understand that it is unsafe if it has done its duty with a buckled child in an accident. But it makes no sense to me (with my admittedly small amount of physics knowledge) how it is in any different condition now than it was before the accident.

ETA: I would probably take it to goodwill or salvation army for a family with limited budget for a good car seat. (Unless someone who knows more than me, can tell us why it is damaged under these circumstances)
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Re: Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

Trash it. Cut the straps. Everything in the car experiences the forces of the impact. The plastic that the carseat is made of is only designed/guaranteed to survive said forces once. In a second accident something could fail. I would never keep using a carseat after an accident at more than 5mph and I would never buy a used carseat because so many people don't think it is a big deal.
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Trash it. Cut the straps. Everything in the car experiences the forces of the impact. The plastic that the carseat is made of is only designed/guaranteed to survive said forces once. In a second accident something could fail. I would never keep using a carseat after an accident at more than 5mph and I would never buy a used carseat because so many people don't think it is a big deal.

This. The car seat sustained damage no matter if you can see it or not. I'm sure it was buckled in and lots of force was put on the plastic.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:32 PM   #6
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It doesn't matter if there's a child in the seat, it sustained crash forces and could fail in a second crash, car seats are a one time use thing when it comes to accidents.

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My answer probably is not the popular one...but we all know the "right" answer, but the "right" answers are not always practical there is no one way safety can be tested in every single scenario so the safe answer is to say that it is not safe bc we really don't know if it is or not. You (or your husband) was the only one there- would you be comfortable still using the seat??? If you aren't then I wouldn't feel comfortable letting someone elses child use it. If you are comfortable why not sell the new one for the money.

ETA: Either way I probably wouldn't sell or donate the one in the accident bc it is not a decision I would want to make for someone else's child
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Re: Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

Do not donate our sell a "crashed" seat. No matter if you think it's safe. What if it really wasn't and something happened to the new owner??? I could never live with that.

If you think it's safe then you can make the choice to keep it yourself.

However I do know that some insurances have you bring in the "crashed" seat to prove that it's not being used. That's what happened to my sister when her van was in an accident. They had to bring in their seats and the agent cut the straps right there.
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I've been there. :-( It feels like such a waste, but you NEED to dispose of it properly. If it's not safe enough for your child, then it isn't safe for anyone else. Last May we were rear ended and had to replace both our Britax convertibles. In November, I was side swiped on the interstate...I can't tell you how thankful I am that my girls were in safe new seats and they were fine. Once again we replaced 2 almost new Britax seats. The car seats are designed to "give" and irreversibly deform during a crash in order to absorb and divert the crash forces away from the child. Britax even has a name for the way the harness webbing breaks down to absorb the crash force...staged something-or-other :-)

PS. We dealt with 2 different insurance companies in the 2 accidents. Geico paid for the replacement and the adjuster kept the crashed seats. The other smaller company worked with an independent adjuster and he did not take the crashed seats, but gave us the msrp reimbursement of the crashed seats.
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Re: Car accident. Practically new car seat. WWYD??

Dump. Take the straps off and throw it in another trash can somewhere else. Better safe than sorry
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