Child Safety Seat Injuries
Child safety seats are meant to protect children from injuries when they are too small to receive protection from a seat belt, but child safety seats do not always work properly and can sometimes cause injuries. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides guidelines to help prevent injuries and deaths from child safety seats, thousands of serious injuries and deaths are caused by these products each year. Sadly, these injuries and deaths are commonly the result of manufacturing or design defects which could have been prevented. In fact, the nation’s seven largest child safety seat manufacturers, Graco, Century, Cosco (Dorel), Evenflo, Fisher-Price, Kolcraft and Britax, have recalled more than 11 million child safety seats over the last ten years due to defects with the potential to cause injuries.
The most recent child safety seat recall, which was issued in June, 2008, involved 3,500 Baby Trend Rigid Latch-Loc infant car seats. This child safety seat recall was issued because the wrong type of steel was used on part of the latch connector. As a result, the latch connector locking pawl can crack, which could allow the base to detach from the latch anchors in a crash. If this happens, the child safety seat could break loose and fly forward with the child in it, causing serious injuries.
Also in 2008, Evenflo announced a voluntary safety recall of its Discovery Infant Car Seat Models 390, 391, 534, 552. The child safety seat recall involves approximately one million units, which were produced between April 2005 and January 2008. The recall is based on recent laboratory tests conducted by Evenflo and the NHTSA, which show that this child safety seat could potentially become separated from its base in high impact side collisions resulting in serious injuries. To prevent injuries, Evenflo is providing current owners of these child safety seats with a free supplemental dual-hook fastener that has proven to keep the seat attached to the base during such collisions.
Child Safety Seat Injuries Lawyer
To prevent injuries, child safety seat manufacturers are required to maintain specific safety standards set by the government. When a manufacturer fails to meet federal child safety seat standards, and use of a child car seat has resulted in serious or fatal injuries to a child, it is important to seek legal counsel. Contact our experienced child safety seat lawyers today to find out if you may be eligible to receive compensation for your child’s injuries.