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October 27th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Do the seats have to be replaced?

We were stopped and someone rear ended us. Impact felt and heard horrible, but just one small dent on the back bumper. Dh and DD1 both had some inital neck pain from hitting the back of the seat, but resolved within 5-10 minutes. Nobody is HURT. The seats look perfectly fine. Baby was just startled.

If so, does insurance HAVE to cover the cost of replacement? With or without damage to the car? The at-fault driver as Liberty Mutual. He hit us at probably 20-25 mph. He was getting his wallet out of his pocket and forgot where his break was.
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October 27th, 2012, 05:23 PM
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What seats were in the vehicle?
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October 27th, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Infant seat (maxi cosi) and a graco turbobooster. The booster isn't a big deal, but baby's seat is $$$.
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October 27th, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Both manufacturers say to replace after any crash. His insurance should cover the cost of both. Use the manuals as leverage since they both say this. Neither should be used again.
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October 28th, 2012, 07:00 AM
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Are the manuals online? So what's the lesser evil in the mean time? Keep using the maxi cosi or use an expired chicco (rarely used, stored indoors).
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October 28th, 2012, 08:48 AM
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Buy the new seats, submit receipts for reimbursement.
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October 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM
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The best plan is to leave baby at home and go buy a new seat. Either of the other two options (using a crash seat or an expired seat) are both unsafe, and you can't really say which one is less unsafe. Or ask to borrow a newborn appropriate seat from a trusted friend/family member until a new seat can be bought.

Check the manufacturers' website for the manuals or google them. Or call each of them and ask for a replacement manual to be mailed to you because you really should have a copy.
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