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If I am In A Minor Car Crash in Missouri Can I Re-Use a Child Car Seat?

Monday, Aug. 30th 2021

As Northland personal injury lawyers in Kansas City, we constantly encounter clients who have children in the car when they are involved in car accidents. As fathers first and then attorneys, it is important for us to promote baby safety.

Child seats are increasingly sophisticated – and expensive – pieces of safety equipment. Children need proper car seats from their first-ever ride in a vehicle until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, weigh at least 90 pounds, or are 12-years-old. The type of seat a child needs changes as he or she grows.

Many families re-use car seats among multiple children. It’s also tempting for parents to keep using an expensive car seat after a Missouri car crash, but is it safe to re-use a child seat after an accident? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides some tips.

Child car seats should be replaced after any moderate or severe crash. However, a child seat may not need replacement if all of the following are true:

  • The vehicle was driveable immediately after the crash;
  • The door nearest the child safety seat was not damaged;
  • Nobody in the vehicle was injured;
  • The air bags, if any, did not go off; and
  • There is no damage to the child safety seat.

If any of these factors occurred in the accident, however, the child safety seat should be replaced. Look for a replacement seat that meets the most recent NHTSA and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines and that is rated for the height and weight of the child who will use it.

If you or a loved one have suffered accident injuries in a car accident call Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878 to speak to a Missouri automobile accident lawyer today for help in recovering the compensation you need.  An experienced personal injury attorney can ease some of the burden by engaging in fact-finding, gathering the necessary documentation, and crafting concise and thorough demands for settlement of your claim.

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I found Northland Injury Law to be very professional and honest! They kept me up to date on my case. I would highly recommend the whole firm for all your legal needs!!” – Michael T.

Northland Injury Law is proud of the relationships they’ve built with the clients they have served in the Northland and surrounding areas.  Their many great results for seriously injured people have helped their clients recover the significant economic losses that attend such serious injuries.

When it comes to a lawsuit after an accident or injury, representation matters! Most people do not realize that insurance companies have teams of lawyers, investigators, photographers and defense experts who immediately go to work following a serious accident involving their insureds.  They hire these people to minimize their exposure throughout the claims process and to reduce the amount received by the victim. Northland Injury Law aims to level the playing field for their clients.

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Between them, Mr. Mowry and Mr. Bartlett have over  50 combined years of legal experience in the Kansas City Northland area. They have both been recognized by KC Magazine as “Top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas” and both have been recognized in the National Top 100 Trial Attorneys.

If you require the services of excellent local lawyers after an accident or injury, call Northland Injury Law today for a free consultation at 816-400-4878.

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