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We were in a fairly minor car accident last week. We were rear-ended at a stop sign and pushed into the car in front of us. The impact caused almost no damage to our car, but was strong enough to knock the wind out of me (I was in the backseat with DS and I wasn't wearing a seatbelt) and DH had some neck pain for a few days. DS was rear-facing in his infant seat and suffered no injuries, so the car seat definitely did its job. I know it's not supposed to be safe to continue using a car seat after an accident - do we definitely need to get a new one, even after such a small jolt?
 

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I would get one and make the insurance company pay for it. Even if the seat shows no visible damage, it may still be damaged. Why take the risk when it comes to your baby? JMO.
 

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I was in a similar situation many years ago.<br><br>
I called and asked the maker of the car seat about this and without missing a beat was told to replace the seat - if memory serves me I sent it to the manufacturer with a detailed description of the accident so that they could use it as research.<br><br>
We were reimbursed for the cost of a new seat by the insurance company of the person who hit us. Maybe you could look into that as well.
 

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Replace it - better safe than sorry.
 

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Yep and ditto the insurance company replacing it
 

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my car seat came with a warning that said to replace if the accident was of a certain intensity but also said new federal guidelines state that if no one is hurt and the accident occurs at a certain low speed, that it may not need to be replaced. having formerly worked for the insurance industry (evil), i would check and make sure they will pay for it unless you are willing to spring for it yourself because they tend to follow those guidelines (always trying to get out of paying back all the $ they bleed you for).<br><br>
if it was me, and it was just a little tap in the parking lot or something, i wouldn't bother, to be honest, especially if there was little or no damage to your car. if it was something on the street at 25mph, though, i would be a lot more concerned. there is actually a lot of force there, and you just never know. i can't say in your situation - rearended - what i would do. i know the county public health nurses here have all been through this carseat certification program and they are a great resource for questions like these. do you have a public health department in your area you could call?
 

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Actually, I think all three of you should go see a chiropractor right away. Did you have the police come to the scene and make a police report? The chiropractor can charge the other driver's car insurance directly or they can charge yours and your auto insurance will bill them for you. Either way, it shouldn't cost you a penny but all three of you could have injuries to your spine (or worse) that you don't know about . Since you had the wind knocked out of you, I wonder if perhaps your ribs are out (this happened to my DH in a rear-ender). Your DH had neck pain and that can linger for years and years, even with treatment, it could take a year or two to get his spine realigned and if you don't get insurance to take care of it now, you could end up having (or wanting) to pay for that later on down the road.<br><br>
I know one person who was rear-ended and there seemed to be almost no damage and some pain, so she had her chiropractic bills paid for a year (chiro billed the other insur. company) then the other insurance company offered her a settlement amount (something a bit over $1K I believe) to sign something saying they were no longer liable.<br><br>
Then I know another person who was rear-ended, the vehicle looked like almost nothing had happened to it (except for the trailer hitch) but when the mechanics shopped inspected it (re: instructions given by their own insurance company), the frame had actually cracked and the vehicle was totalled. Insurance paid for a rental for a while then they sent a check for the "value" of the vehicle, all of which they recovered from the vehicle-at-fault's insurance company.<br><br>
Call your insurance company and tell them what happened. They will tell you where their approved auto mechanics in the area are, and you can take it there for an inspection. Your insurance company can tell you how to go about getting a new car seat (you'll probably have to pay and they will reimburse) and then you can find a good chiropractor and take all three of you there for an initial appointment. Find a chiropractor that is holistic, that will do cranial-sacral therapy and everything from head to toe, not a Palmer-based chiropractor who does only the spine. Ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations, then do some calling in the phone book, ask them what techniques they specialize in. Hopefully they have a massage therapist in the office, also, as chances are, you and your DH might need massage therapy, too. Good luck! Hopefully the chiropractor finds that you are all in good condition or only need minor help.
 

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The Fire Departments usually all have Car Seat Safety Inspectors too and they do free car seat inspections. Often all you have to do it drive to one and they will check it out and make sure you have it installed correctly, too. Our Car Seat Safety Inspector told us that no matter what, in an accident, toss the seat and replace it.
 

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Just passing on what our Fire Dept told us: When I had them inspect my seat installation last July, they told us that the recommendations for accidents were recently updated, and they no longer say you have to replace it no matter what. I can't remember the exact guidelines, but I know if the airbag goes, they say to replace it for sure. You may want to replace it just to be safe, but if not, then you could call your local Fire Dept or another place that does inspections, and they should be able to tell you the guidelines for when to replace.
 

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<a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/ChildRestraints/ReUse/RestraintReUse.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju...raintReUse.htm</a><br><br>
That's the official guidelines on whether a seat should be replaced or not. That being said, if it weren't my fault, I'd replace the seat no matter once. I got tapped once at a stop light, I mean, seriously, just tapped and I didn't get a new seat. I did have to replace my seat when we totalled our car when AJ was just 4 mos old. Maybe you could get a convertible seat now instead of the infant one.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">NHTSA Position<br>
NHTSA recommends that child safety seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.<br><br>
NHTSA recommends that child safety seats do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.<br><br>
Minor crashes are those that meet ALL of the following criteria:<br><br>
The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;<br><br>
The vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged;<br><br>
There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;<br><br>
The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND<br><br>
There is no visible damage to the safety seat<br><br>
Clarifying the need for child seat replacement will reduce the number of children unnecessarily riding without a child safety seat while a replacement seat is being acquired, and the number of children who will have to ride without a child seat if a seat were discarded and not replaced. The clarification will also reduce the financial burden of unnecessary replacement.</td>
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Since OP has the wind knocked out of her and her DH had neck pain, I'm thinking that this would constitute as injury to vehicle occupants.
 

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i would replace it, better safe than sorry.<br><br>
and next time you're in the car, make sure you wear your seatbelt too. not only for your protection, but to protect your child and any other passengers as well.
 

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I bet you'll wear your seatbelt now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> When we totalled our car when AJ was little (not our fault) I was in the back too and didn't have my seatbelt on. I ALWAYS wore it up front, but didn't in the back. Silly me! I now have permanant dents in my shins from the seat in front of me. I've never NOT worn a seatbelt since. Thankfully that was my only injury and now I'm becoming a carseat tech so I'm a total safety nut. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm glad you guys are o.k. AJ didn't make a sound either, he cried for a few secs after impact, but was totally fine. We were able to get a new infant seat for him and upgraded from a 3pt harness to a 5pt.
 

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We replaced our seat after we were rear-ended. Now 2 yr DD was 12 wks then and the insurance co had me fax receipt and then bring old seat to them and pick up a check to reimburse for new seat on the spot. There was minor bumper/tailgate damage to the van, but upon careful inspection, we could see faint flex/stretch lines in the plastic of the base (graco snugride). An ambulance was sent to evaluate DD and she was fine.
 
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