28 Oct What if my vest was being worn during a crash?
Here is the crashed RideSafer Vest protocol:
- If the tether was used with a lap-only seat belt, Vest & Tether must be replaced.
- If the Energy Absorbent Tether Anchor Loops or Extenders were used also, all pieces must be replaced.
- If the lap-shoulder belt was used vest must be replaced if ANY of the following occurred:
- There was injury to any of the occupants in the car
- If any of the airbags deployed
- If there was damage to the door next to the child
- If the car is not able to be driven away crash
- Any visible damage to the vest
- If you were using the RideSafer with a lap-shoulder belt and a tether, the tether was a secondary restraint and may not have been stretched.
- If there is deformity in the metal on the tether, the tether needs to be replaced.
- If the metal in the tether is not deformed, the tether should be fine to continue to use.
- If the RideSafer vest was in the vehicle but unoccupied during a crash, it does not have to be replaced.
- If a Delighter booster was in the vehicle but unoccupied during a crash, it does not have to be replaced unless it was crushed by something.
As a certified child passenger restraint, the vest should be included in any insurance claim reimbursement. Contact the manufacturer to determine your next step if you are in a crash while your RideSafer is being used.
To view more about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations policies on replacing any child restraint after a crash, click here.