Looking for opinions. I was in a very minor accident last night. I was alone, and was going about 5-10 mph, and barely hit another car's bumper as they were crossing an intersection. It was so minor that the other car didn't even pull over. I called to report the accident but never found the other driver, and they did not call the police so I don't have any way to even contact them.

There is enough damage to my vehicle that we are going to file a claim with insurance, and we hope that will cover the car seat replacement. But in the mean time, I am at home with two kids and I'm not sure if we can leave the house. DH is certain the seats are safe, but I am a rule follower and am a little worried about it.

Both of our car seat manuals say replace after any crash. But is this really necessary in all situations? Any car seat experts out there?