I had an accident in my car, which contains two child car seats. Should I replace them, even though there is no visible damage?

Yes. A child car seat that was in a car that has been involved in an accident should be replaced, even if there is no visible damage. It is possible that the seat will have been weakened to such an extent that it will not provide the same level of protection in another accident. (The seat belts and seat belt attachments, especially ones that were in use at the time of the accident, should also be carefully checked to ensure that they have not been damaged).

Include the replacement cost in any insurance claim. If your insurance company is reluctant to agree to replace the seat, RoSPA has produced a standard letter template that may help.

Date Updated/Created: 17/09/2010

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