Car Seat Use After a Crash


  • NHTSA recommends that car seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.
  • Car seats do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.


What defines a minor crash


  • A minor crash is one in which ALL of the following apply:


    • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site.
    • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
    • None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash.
    • If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash; and
    • There is no visible damage to the car seat.
    • NEVER use a car seat that has been involved in a moderate to severe crash.
    • Always follow manufacturer's instructions.