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    In a very minor crash - NHTSA car seat rules?

    I was backed into today and the damage to my car is fairly minor:pCXTpit.jpg

    However, I have a Graco Nautilus 65 in the rear passenger side (the struck side), and according to NHTSA's guidelines for car seat use after a crash there's a concern with the "The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged" clause, since that door WAS damaged (slightly). The car seat was unoccupied in the crash.

    It wasn't a hard hit, but does my seat need to be replaced? I was struck by a major national chain restaurant's delivery van (insured) and I have USAA, so I'm not expecting a fight, but I'd like to be armed with facts if the seat does need to be replaced.

    Thanks!

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    Re: In a very minor crash - NHTSA car seat rules?

    Yes, it needs to be replaced. Graco doesn't follow NHTSA. They require replacement after any crash.

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    Re: In a very minor crash - NHTSA car seat rules?

    Thanks Wendy! I'm handing all of this over to my insurance and have updated them about the need to replace it.

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