REPLACE YOUR CHILD SAFETY SEAT AFTER A CRASH TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED ON THE ROAD
· September 23- 29, 2018 is Child Passenger Safety Week in the U.S. and Canada, and I’ve teamed up with CARSTAR and Evenflo to help make parents and caregivers aware of the potential need to replace their car seat or booster seat after a crash. Even low speed crashes can cause car seat damage, reduce protection and performance in future crashes.
· As a mother of twin boys, you always want to make sure your children are protected in the car. Many parents aren’t aware that their car seat can be damaged after a crash, potentially putting their children in danger.
· Approximately one in 10 vehicles on the road have a car seat or a child passenger under the age of seven who should be in a car seat or booster seat, according to NHTSA. When considering that, on average, a driver has a car crash once every seven years, it’s highly likely that a child under the age of seven may be in a crash.
· While most drivers immediately plan to repair or replace the vehicle after the crash, they don’t always consider that the forces that damaged their car also could have damaged their child’s car seat or booster seat. In crashes beyond a minor fender bender, NHTSA recommends replacing a car seat after a crash, especially because damage to the car seat might not be visible.
· Any time you’re replacing sheet metal, bumpers, air bags and other safety systems, you’ve been in an accident hard enough to damage the car seat. It’s a cost that many insurance policies cover, so it’s always smart to replace the car seat and ensure your child is safe and protected on the road.
· Crash damage to a car seat or booster seat may not always be visible. Damage can occur even if the child restraint is unoccupied during the crash. If a consumer has a question about whether their car seat should be replaced, Evenflo recommends that you contact your car seat manufacturer directly for guidance.
· Here are a few more tips from Evenflo for child passenger safety:
· Make sure your child’s age, weight and height are within the requirements for any car seat you are considering for purchase
· Check the NHTSA guidance to help determine what type of car seat is appropriate for child’s size and development level
· For help with car seat installation and use, contact your car seat manufacturer or find a certified child passenger safety technician near you
· For more tips on driving and collision repair, visit www.carstar.com. CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 35 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair, and they will send a tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car.
· Evenflo, named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2016 by Fast Company, provides parents smart and simple solutions aimed at the safety and well-being of children. Evenflo is also proud to have developed the ExerSaucer — the originator of the activity center category, showcasing the company’s long-standing expertise in protecting and delighting children. For more information visit www.evanflo.com.