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    Default Should I get a new carseat after an accident??

    As the title says.... Should I??
    A lady ran up the back of me yesterday and luckily there is not too much damage and due to her being in a small car and me in a medium sized 4x4. She copped more than I did and im just so thankful that nobody was seriously hurt. Anyways, i was reporting it to my insurance and she advised that any carseat that had been involved in an accident should be replaced and I am in two minds about it.
    The impact was hard enough that I have some whiplash and a sore back but dd seems to be fine. We are off to the dr tomorrow to get checked out.
    The carseat I have is the safe and sound meridian ahr so its really padded and has the side impact head things...
    My insurer will pay up to $400 for me to get a new seat and they destroy the old one.
    I guess I'm in two minds because I hate to be wasteful if the seat is perfectly ok but I also want to do the safest thing for dd. I'm pretty confident the accident did not cause any damage to the carseat but I'm no expert!
    So what would you do???

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    I probably would, it's the sort of thing I'd rather err on the side of caution with.

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    I would. I'd always have the what if scenario playing in the back of my mind otherwise

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    I would get a new seat

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    Thanks for the quick replies! I definitely think I would always be thinking 'what if' and if anything ever happened and the seat was faulty I would never forgive myself.
    .... So carseat shopping we go!!!

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    Even if there is no visible damage the car seat would have buffered the impact. It's the damage that you can't see that is the problem. If you were to be involved in another crash the seat may not provide sufficient protection for your child. I don't know you but I am sure you would never forgive yourself if anything happened. Don't be left wondering what if...
    Especially if insurance will pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotmum2be View Post
    Even if there is no visible damage the car seat would have buffered the impact. It's the damage that you can't see that is the problem. If you were to be involved in another crash the seat may not provide sufficient protection for your child. I don't know you but I am sure you would never forgive yourself if anything happened. Don't be left wondering what if...
    Especially if insurance will pay for it.
    Very true! Of course the safety of dd comes before anything so I will be off tomorrow to buy a new one! We have been using the spare one in dh's car since yesterday so I guess my mind was already made up but just wanted to see if I was being too paranoid!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotmum2be View Post
    Even if there is no visible damage the car seat would have buffered the impact. It's the damage that you can't see that is the problem. If you were to be involved in another crash the seat may not provide sufficient protection for your child. I don't know you but I am sure you would never forgive yourself if anything happened. Don't be left wondering what if...
    Especially if insurance will pay for it.
    Yes, this. That's exactly why they say to replace it. The webbing and safety features can be compromised in an accident. Your accident didn't sound too bad, but even after that one you wouldn't want to be involved in a more serious one after that seat has been involved.

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    wow, just read your post, hope you're both ok! Yes, i'd definately get the new seat too.

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    Hope you are both ok!
    I'm not too sure how it works, but it might be worth a call to safe n sound / britax to find out... When we bought our meridians, I remember reading something about a crash exchange program for car seats that have been involved in accidents...

    Personally, I would get it replaced just for peace of mind.
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