Defective Child Car Seats
MILLIONS OF DEFECTIVE CHILD CAR SEATS ARE RECALLED EVERY YEAR
More than six million child car seats were recalled due to safety defects in 2014. Equally alarming is that fewer than half were returned or fixed. Car seats are absolutely essential in ensuring the safety of child passengers, and a manifesting defect or oversight can be catastrophic.
When car seat failures do occur, those responsible should be held accountable so that future tragedies can be prevented.
7 COMMON CAUSES OF CAR SEAT INJURIES
- Low quality. Straps made from low quality materials which tear too easily or are highly flammable.
- Bad latches. Faulty latches that come undone when mild force is applied.
- Difficult seat belts. Latches that are too difficult to undo, making it hard to remove the child during an emergency.
- Weak car seats. Weak frames or cushions that come undone too easily.
- Bad strap adjusters. Faulty strap adjusters, making the straps too loose or too tight.
- Outdated. Make sure your child’s car seat meets current safety standards. Do not let your child’s seat become outdated as this can increase the risk for injury.
- Incorrect usage. Studies have found that 80% of car seats are installed in correctly and that 93% of new parents made at least one critical error in installing the car seat or positioning their infant leaving the hospital.
BE PROACTIVE IN ENSURING YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY
While not all car seat-related injuries can be prevented, taking a proactive approach to your child’s safety can greatly reduce the risk of car seat failure.
- Register your car seat. Car seats come with a registration card that can be filled out and submitted with no postage required. In the event of a recall, you will be notified by the manufacturer similar to an auto recall.
- Have your car seat checked. Many city fire departments and non-profits host free car seat checks. If you are expecting or if you already have your little one, take a few minutes to visit a car seat check location to ensure you car seat is installed correctly and recall free.
- Do not alter or add items to your child’s car seat. Car seats undergo strict testing to ensure they are safe for children. When you add or remove items from a car seat, you could be making the car seat less effective and creating new hazards for your child.
- Do NOT reuse a car seat that has been in an accident. Like air bags, car seats are good for ONE collision. You should never use a car seat that has been involved in a previous accident, even if it appears to be in “like new” condition.
- Keep informed. Even if you filled out a car seat registration car, check for recalls regularly. Having extra information can only benefit you.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CAR SEAT FAILURE ATTORNEY
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are experienced in defective child car seats and recalls. Your choice does matter. If your child has suffered because of a defective car seat, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
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