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Is a Used Car Seat Safe for My Child? 4 FAQs Answered by a Marietta Car Wreck Attorney

Any parent who owns a vehicle understands the stress of driving with kids. In addition to distracting tantrums, there’s always the risk that a negligent driver will cause an accident that injures your child.

Baby in car seat for safety

In the United States, car crashes are a leading cause of death among young kids. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using a car seat reduces the risk of death by 54 percent for toddlers and by 71 percent for infants.

Unfortunately, some collisions are unavoidable, and even the safest car seat won’t be enough to prevent all injuries. If the worst happens and your child suffers an injury due to another driver’s negligence, contact the Crosson Law Group, LLC.

A car accident lawyer in Marietta will evaluate your crash, talk to witnesses, structure your claim and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also learn about personal injury claims in Georgia by visiting http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/georgia/.

Here are the answers to four FAQs about car seats:

  1. Is a used car seat safe for my child?

If there is an accident in a car seat’s history or any parts are missing, then it is unsafe to use. Parenting.com recommends that parents buy new car seats if they have doubts about a seat they received from a family member of friend. You should also check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to find out if a used car seat was recalled due to a safety defect.

  1. When do car seats require replacement?

Car seats require replacement the moment any part breaks or goes missing. You should also purchase a new one if your car seat is older than its expiration date, or if you are in a serious accident.

  1. Do car seats expire?

Technology and safety standards evolve at a rapid pace. Also, certain parts of a car seat may not function properly after a few years. For these reasons, car seats have expiration dates, and you should never use an expired car seat to secure your child.

  1. Why should I replace the car seat after a wreck?

It is safest to replace your child seat after any accident. The only time this may not be necessary is after a slow speed crash that barely damages the vehicle. If you have any doubts, then contact the car seat’s manufacturer for advice.

If you or your child was injured by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact the Crosson Law Group, LLC. Ken Crosson is a Marietta car wreck attorney who will protect your interests and help you fight for the highest possible settlement. You may be entitled to compensation for noneconomic damages and medical expenses.

Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation.