Written by: The Foam Factory
Summary: After years of pressure and tension, your car seat may need to be replaced to maintain optimal safety conditions.
There are numerous reasons why you might find yourself needing to purchase a replacement seat for your car. For some, there might be the need to improve the safety of the existing car seat. Or, you could be in the market for a replacement car seat due to a previous accident. Whatever the case may be, this guide is designed to help you through the entire process.
Before you purchase the first car seat that you find on your manufacturer’s website, you also have the option of buying a used one instead. It’ll save you some money if you’re on a tight budget, and if kept in good condition, could be a solid replacement for years on end. Additionally, you’ll want to consider the type of seat that you’ll be replacing. Is it an automatic (powered) or a fixed design? What are the approximate measurements of the entire seat backs? Will it be compatible with your current design?
Look to Replace Your Seats After an Accident
Depending on the impact of the collision, you’ll want to consider finding yourself a new car seat due to the fact that unseen damage could have partially destroyed your current seat. If you have children, be sure that you inspect the entire seat, as well as the mechanism itself, to ensure that nothing’s loose or bent in any particular way.
Don’t Estimate Your Seat Size
After determining what seat you’re going to buy, you must then move on to accurately measuring the seats of the car that you’re looking to replace. You can either get a custom fit (which is obviously more expensive) or find one that’s meant for the model/make of your vehicle. You can even go all out and include custom foam cushions that put less strain on your back and is designed for maximum pressure. Regardless, keep each measurement accurate to the millimeter. Some seats will differentiate in that they won’t sit snug with some car models. Be sure to keep them secure and don’t forget to properly install them – car seats that are poorly installed may result in fatal injury.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re looking to switch out to replacement cushions or are looking to swap out an entire seat, nothing should be overlooked. Proper installation, inspection, and adaptation to the model are all important factors that help keep you and your family safe.