Should I Replace My Car Seat After a Crash?

About a year ago I was in a very minor fender bender in a grocery store parking lot. The other driver and I exchanged insurance information and began the long process of sorting out who would cover what, getting a rental car and getting my car repaired.

At the very beginning of the process, the other driver’s insurance company told me to immediately replace my car seats and it would be covered. I was surprised because I didn’t even think about that being an issue as there was only a small dent in my car’s fender. Only one of my kids was with me, but it was recommended that both car seats be replaced. Today I’m partnering with Junk Car Medics to make sure everyone knows when it is recommended to replace your car seats after a crash!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that “car seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.”

They have recently stated that car seats “do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.” They define a minor crash as one in which ALL of the following bullet points have been met.

  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site.
  • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
  • None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash.
  • If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash; and
    There is no visible damage to the car seat.

My fender bender met all of the above criteria, but I was still encouraged to replace the car seats immediately by the other driver’s insurance company. In my case, it was determined that the other driver was at fault and her insurance company reimbursed me for two car seats, no questions asked. I was told I could purchase comparable car seats – they did not have to be the exact same car seat. I simply emailed them the receipts and they issued a reimbursement check within days!

What to do with your car seats if you are in a crash:

  1. Immediately cease use of the car seat(s) that were involved in the crash.
  2. Contact your insurance company. If they don’t bring it up, make sure to mention you had a car seat(s) in the car.
  3. Choose a comparable car seat.
  4. Submit your receipts to the responsible insurance company.
  5. Cut the straps of the car seats so they cannot be used.
  6. Dispose of or recycle the car seats that were involved in the accident.

Thanks to Junk Car Medics for reminding us to follow these steps in order to ensure the highest level of safety for our kids!


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Make a Difference in Columbus with the Give Her Hope Campaign

The YMCA of Central Ohio is in the middle of the Give Her Hope Campaign – an effort to raise $60,000 in 60 days to support 200 women experiencing homelessness in Columbus. I previously worked in a homelessness prevention program connected to the YMCA Family Shelter and I could personally tell you numerous stories of families who have worked so hard to fight and to overcome homelessness, so this cause is extra special to me!

Having personally talked with so many women and families who have experienced or on the verge of homelessness, I began to realize that there but for the grace of God go I. So many stories began with a combination of illness, lay offs, car trouble and/or lack of family support that swell into the perfect storm. We are fortunate in Columbus to have so many resources for families in need and one of those is the temporary shelter provided by the YMCA Family Center.

A few facts provided by the YMCA of Central Ohio:

  • Right now, on an average night, 250 women, including 30 expectant mothers, are spending the night in shelter at the YMCA’s Van Buren Center.
  • Over 227 children live in the shelter, and studies show even a small stay in a homeless shelter brands these children for the rest of their lives.
  • Infant mortality increases by 200% when a child is born in a shelter program.


For a donation of just $10, you will receive a Bracelet of Hope as a reminder of the difference you’re making for the women and families in the shelter. 100% of every dollar given goes toward helping women experiencing homelessness in our community!

If you’re looking to give to a cause that will make a difference locally:

Donate here to the Give Her Hope campaign!


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Mark Your Calendar: Witches Night Out at Leeds Farm!

I’m partnering with Leeds Farm to tell you about this fun event!

Looking for a new adventure for girls’ night out? Then gather up your bewitching friends, hop on your brooms, and fly out to Leeds Farm for a wicked fun evening while supporting a great cause!

Witches Night Out will take place at Leeds Farm on Thursday, October 5, 2017 (rain date is October 12) from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander OH 43061, just 15 minutes north of the Columbus Zoo.

The kids are away so the witches can play! All the Leeds Farm activities including hayrides, Pumpkin Jumps, Big Zip and Mini Zip lines, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, rolling tubes, farm pond, straw forts, Paintball on the Porch, and feeding farm animals are included with admission.

Also included with admission is festive food and sweets, bubbling witches brew, one glass of wine (additional glasses can be purchased), plus chances to win 25 gift baskets each valued at $150 to $200.

One raffle ticket is included with each admission ticket. Additional raffle tickets are earned for each activity you participate in (e.g. hayrides, Pumpkin Jump, pedal carts, zip line, racer slides, etc.). There is a separate entry cauldron for each basket, so you can choose which basket drawing(s) to enter.

Wondering what to wear? Dress up in your favorite witch hat, fun accessory or full costume! This is an outdoor event at a working farm, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Four wineries will be pouring their local wines, so stop by and visit Bokes Creek Winery, Buckeye Winery, Soine Vineyards, and Camelot Cellars Winery.

Tickets can be purchased online at and in-person at Richwood Bank’s Marysville, Delaware and Richwood locations.

Thanks to the generous sponsorships of A Catered Event, Richwood Bank, Memorial Health, Honda Marysville/Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware, Geotechnical Consultants Inc., Alice’s Piece of Cake, Black Wing Shooting Center, Audio-Pro Mobile DJ Entertainment, and host Leeds Farm, 100% of ticket sales are donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

“Witches Night Out was created as a fun way to raise money for a cause that’s important to all of us. 100% of ticket sales are donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to support research and patient programs. I’m living proof that research works,” shares Christy Leeds, co-owner of Leeds Farm. “The first three Witches Night Out events raised $29,924 for Making Strides and we look forward to a fourth spectacular evening!”

Any questions? Call Sherry at 740.225.3256 or email

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