Q: “We were in a car accident recently, with our 18-month-old in her car seat in the back. Everyone was OK, thank goodness, but the car was a wreck. Can we reuse our daughter’s old car seat in our new car?”
A: No, you will need to purchase a new car seat. If an infant safety seat has done its job, that is, protected your child during a car accident, it must be replaced. The impact of the accident will have strained the tension on the straps and it is no longer as strong as it was.