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New car seats after minor accident?

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Tiredandtorn · 08/04/2016 09:10

Hi. We were involved in a minor car accident this week. We're Ll absolutely fine and the car just needs cosmetic repairs.

I've read that car seats should be replaced after a collision, but does anyone know that this is the case after a minor prang too?


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FaithAscending · 08/04/2016 09:12

It depends on the speed you were travelling. I had a minor bump (reversed in to another car a car park!). this link should help you decide.

poocatcherchampion · 08/04/2016 09:14

I would.

Tiredandtorn · 08/04/2016 09:18

About 15- 20 mph. Idoit pulled out on me and clipped my bumper knocking be sideways into the barrier

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FaithAscending · 08/04/2016 09:22

Were you able to drive away from it? If you do decide to replace you should be able to put it on your insurance claim.

Tiredandtorn · 08/04/2016 09:25

The car is fine. One tiny dent and cosmetic scratches. Drove home and to work yesterday with no problems at all

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Frazzled2207 · 08/04/2016 09:35

In that case I wouldn't unless I could claim on insurance and I was making a claim anyway. I would if speed was 30mph +

PandasRock · 08/04/2016 09:41

I would (and did, recently). My car was reversed into - my car going at about 20mph, car whizzed out of side driveway, across road and into front driver side wheel arch. 2 children in car.

I replaced both car seats (one hbb, one rear facing toddler seat). Insurance didn't argue at all, and didn't want to see the old seats/check for damage at all. All they wanted before they paid out was proof new seats had been bought - receipts plus a picture of seats in the car.

No one was hurt in the accident, but my car was dented enough to need a week in the repair shop. No airbags deployed, but I didn't want to take a risk on the car seats, it just isn't worth it, imo.

Anovelsolution · 08/04/2016 09:43

This happened to me recently 2 car seat fitted (1 in use, 1 not) at the time of a very low speed collision in a car park where someone reversed into the side of my car. I asked my insurance company who said to send them photo's of the seats and replacement prices which they then checked and I received a cheque within a week for the cost of replacing both seats. They advised the only way to know if the seats integrity had been compromised would be if I was involved in a further accident!! Shock

Tiredandtorn · 08/04/2016 10:03

Thanks all - just heard back from the insurance company and both are being replaced at no cost to me. Smile

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