The Child Safety Car Seat

The Child Safety Car Seat

A Look at Dangerous Child Safety Car Seats of the Past

When looking at these photos, one must be asking themselves how did us Baby Boomers survive as babies and toddlers!? One could ask the same about our parents and grandparents with the lack of safety technology of the vehicles of that time as well. (more below)

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Child Safety Car Seats of Today are Actually Safe…

We’ve come a long way in child safety and today’s child car seats are comprised of state of the art technology constructed with space age composites, plastics and metals.

But Every Car Seat Must be Inspected After an Accident

In keeping with sound safety recommendations, a child safety car seat that has been involved in an auto accident should be replaced, even if no visible damages exist.

The only reliable way to determine if a child safety seat is still capable of providing the performance and protection as originally engineered and designed would be to undertake destructive laboratory testing. Such testing would itself destroy the seat and render it useless and ineffective.

It is possible that a child seat involved in a crash, even minor, could be weakened and damages to such an extent that it would no longer provide the same level of protection in a subsequent accident or upset. This is a liability repairers should not accept. Once presented to the customer and insurer, the liability will rest with those who make the final decision. The repairers moral, ethical and professional duty and obligation is to edify their customer as to the potential ramifications of a damaged child safety seat and to seek direction from their customer as to how they would like the repairer to proceed.

Three-C Body Shop also encourages that following an accident/upset the vehicle’s seat belts, components and attachment hardware be inspected for any damage or operational issues. This especially includes, but is not limited to those in use at the time of the loss.

Note: Repairers should always check manufacturer’s (vehicle and child seat manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations regarding the When, What and How regarding such inspections.

Three-C Body Shop believes that insurance companies should regard these issues as legitimate loss related costs and provide the necessary consideration for any and all necessary related labor and replacement components, just as they would for other loss related damages to the vehicle itself. Should an insurer find reason why such consideration should not be provided, the consumer should seek such explanations for the insurer’s denial(s) in writing from the insurer. This will help the consumer to have a focus for potential failures and liabilities in the even issues should arise.

Note that repairers are encouraged to stay clear of any and all such liabilities unless fairly compensated to perform the proper and thorough activities and are willing to accept all associated liabilities.

Some helpful tips regarding child car seat and a manufacturer’s replace or not to replace recommendations is at:

Want to be “The Only One” who shows concern for your  community member’s personal safety and welfare?

Then try being “The Only One” who asked these important questions:

1.     How many occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the loss?

2.     Where were they seated?

3.     Where they wearing their seat and lap safety belts?

4.     Was there a car seat in the vehicle at the time of the loss?

These are questions that the customer likely hasn’t been asked by the insurer or the other repairers they may have visited.