Replacing Child Safety Seats After an Accident
Many people do not realize that after being involved in an accident, your child's car seat needs to be replaced, as it was likely damaged in the collision.
Logo 619.956.9555
8880 Rio San Diego Dr,#800,San Diego,, CA 92108

Replacing Child Safety Seats After an Accident

Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Car Accident, Child Injury Accident.

19-January-2012

Insurance companies frequently refuse to replace child safety seats after an accident. Typcially, they will tell you the seat does not appear to be damaged or they are only obligated to replace the seat if the child was in the vehicle at the time.

California Insurance Code § 11580.011 requires the replacement of a child passenger restraint system damaged due to an accident. A visual determination that the seats exhibit no signs of damage is insufficient grounds to refuse replacement.

Also, the NHTSA recommends replacing child safety seats after any non-minor collision. The NHTSA defines a minor collision as one that meets ALL of the following criteria: the vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site; the vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged; there were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants; the air bags (if present) did not deploy; and there is no visible damage to the safety seat.

In addition, most car seat manufacturers recommend replacement following a collision even if there appears to be no damage to the car seat on the surface, because the impact and force of a collision can cause unseen structural damage to the car seat which may prohibit the car seat from properly protecting your child in the event of a sudden stop or crash.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, educate yourself about your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call today to speak to me about your rights.

Level the Playing Field

You need a San Diego car accident lawyer who can go up against even the biggest of companies or corporations.

Gain the Upper-Hand

Claims-Filing Process

The claims filing process can be difficult especially if you have been injured. Let us effectively handle it for you.

Insurance Claims

Involved in an Accident?

Keep these helpful tips in mind immediately after a collision to help maximize your compensation.

After an Auto Crash
Have You Been Injured Due to Someone Else's Negligence? I See the Victim Behind the Accident. Learn How My Firm Can Help You.