attorney group photo

Here to Help

for the employee, for the injured, for California

2 reasons you might need to change your child’s car seat

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As a parent, you understand the importance of using car seats to protect your kids. If you didn’t, the police would likely have stopped you and fined you by now.

Yet not all car seats are equal, and one that has served your child well up to now may not do so tomorrow.

Crashes can damage seats

You might assume the child seat is fine after a relatively minor collision. After all, no one worries about the driver or passenger’s seat on such occasions.  Yet child car seats often get seriously damaged in these crashes because they are built differently from adult seats. The problem is you might not be able to see the damage, as it could be internal.

Hence the safest bet is to replace the seat if you are unsure. It would be particularly important if the impact occurred close to the seat. Another guideline is that if the crash was severe enough to activate the airbags,  you probably want to replace the child seats.

When the child grows

It seems obvious. After all, a 10-year-old will never fit in the same seat you use for a six-month-old baby. Yet people sometimes forget to upgrade the seats when kids are in the middle ground. Others use seats or booster cushions that are too big for the child using them. It comes down to ensuring the seat belt is positioned at the optimum height for their body.

Ensuring your child has a good, well-fitting seat can do a lot to protect them in a crash. Yet they may still suffer injuries that require compensation from the driver that caused i.