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    question about car seat in wreck

    My husband was in a front end crash with the Britax Boulevard in the car, thankfully no baby in it though. It wasn't too bad of wreck, but the air bag did deploy. Is the car seat considered faulty now? Do we need a new one? And if so, I'm assuming the responsible parties insurance would be responsible for replacing for us, right?

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    Re: question about car seat in wreck

    According to their web site:

    http://www.britaxusa.com/support/faq/after-a-crash

    Yes, it needs to be replaced. Keep the cover and harness (since the baby wasn't in it).

    The person that caused the crash should replace.

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    I was rearended and had an efta in the back rf. Baby wasnt in the seat, i made the guys insurance buy me a new one. Imo, you just never know. The insurance was very.good about it too. They had me pick out a new seat, send them the info and in a few weeks i got a check. I picked a marathon to replace the efta. They knew it was a different seat, and that was fine.

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    Re: question about car seat in wreck

    Hopefully your DH and everyone else is okay.

    While Britax does allow reuse of a restraint in a minor crash, that crash does not meet the definition of minor. In order to be reused, the following five must all be met:
    No injuries
    No airbag deployment
    Vehicle door closest to the restraint is undamaged
    Restraint is undamaged
    Car is able to be driven away from the crash.

    So your seat must be destroyed and replaced. Hang on to it until you find out what insurance wants you to do with it; sometimes they want to keep the seat, sometimes they let you dispose of it. Usually the responsible party's insurance will pay. If not, you can try with your own insurance, or sue the other party directly (if they were at fault) for destruction of personal property.

    If you're allowed, you can keep the cover and reuse it or sell it. Same with the harness covers, belly pad, and since it was unoccupied you can also keep the harness, crotch buckle, and chest clip. Then, take a permanent marker and write on the shell "Dangerous. Do not use." Put it in a black trash bag so it's not obvious what it is and dispose of it (recycle if that's available, otherwise trash).
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

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    Re: question about car seat in wreck

    Thanks for the quick responses everyone! I wouldn't have thought to save the cover and other parts. We'll definitely be getting a new seat.

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