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June 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
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Hey! I'm Laura, adn I'm hoping I can get some help here. About a year ago, we were driving about 45mph and hit a deer.Actually it was more like the deer bounced off the van. We never even thought to replace the car seats because we, honestly, didn't think it was a large enough impact. The airbags did not deploy and the van was driveable. Both of our kids (Lucas and Laylah, 3 and 4 at the time of the accident, 4 and 5 now) are both in Graco Nautilus 3 in 1. I took the manual out because Lucas is now 65 lbs and needs to be in the booster, and I saw that the manual says to replace the seats after ANY accident. I called Graco, and was kind of told "yes it counts as an accident, but to go to NHTSA to check their checklist about replacing. I'm so torn. I don't know if I should replace them or not. Please help!
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June 26th, 2012, 05:47 PM
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IMO, Yes. Graco's manual says to replace them in ANY accident, and hitting a deer is an accident. I would not feel comfortable using them.
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June 26th, 2012, 05:52 PM
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That's what I was kind of thinking. It's hard because I felt it. I had complete control of the van, and our seat belts didn't even lock. DH says they're fine, and I'm being paranoid about it.
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