Injuries: If your child has suffered injuries or has died after a defective car seat failure, you may have a claim for compensation:
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As parents and caregivers, we all rely on car seats to protect and support our children as we drive. Tragically, some car seats are not as safe as we would hope. If your child was injured or killed due to a defective car seat, it is crucial that you seek legal assistance immediately.
Legal action is possible, but time may be short. Learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with our experienced product liability attorneys today.
Car seats save lives. It’s an intuitive truth that can easily be forgotten. When we buckle our children in, we do so because driving a car is an inherently dangerous act. A crash or collision could be waiting around the next corner. Car seats keep our kids safe, allowing them to grow and thrive without severe injuries.
When a car seat fails, children can suffer severe injuries, including life-long impairments, including brain damage. In some tragic cases, children have died due to car seat defects. In these situations, some families may be eligible to pursue justice by filing a product liability lawsuit against the car seat’s manufacturer.
Legal action may also be possible to hold the car seat’s distributor and retailer, including auto supply stores, baby outlets and child care boutiques. America’s strong tradition of product liability holds manufacturers, distributors and retailers accountable for supplying consumers with unsafe products.
The situation is no different for car seats, which parents and caregivers trust with their children’s lives. To be sold safely in the United States, car seats must be manufactured free of design and manufacturing defects. They must also be accompanied by adequate warnings, which should disclose any and all defects, plus anything else about the product that would create an unreasonable risk of harm.
Prior to sale, products should undergo strict and rigorous safety testing. That’s especially true for car seats, which are designed and intended to save the lives of children.
Every car seat manufactured in America is required to be in compliance with federal motor vehicle regulations, along with state-based regulations that may or may not be stricter than federal standards. Moreover, car seats and booster seats are required to undergo dynamic testing (through simulated crashes), as outlined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Despite these rigorous requirements, it’s a true – and truly unforgivable – fact that hundreds, if not thousands, of child car seats on the market today are defective in manufacturing and design. Some car seats are constructed of insufficiently-thick plastic material, which can shatter or crack in a crash. Other car seats are made from extraordinarily flammable material, creating the risk of a fire. Still other car seats are designed improperly.
When manufacturers fail to do their part, allowing defective and unsafe products to reach consumers, they should be held accountable for their negligence.
If anything, a car seat recall can only strengthen your claim against the product’s manufacturer. In issuing a public recall, the car seat manufacturer is admitting that there is some safety problem with the car seat. In most cases, the existence of a recall is not, in and of itself, evidence that the product was defective, since the vast majority of companies who recall products do not come out and say that there was a defect. At the same time, a recall suggests that the product should not remain in circulation, creating a strong suspicion that the product is defective.
Was your child injured during a car accident? Do you suspect that your child’s car seat failed, leaving your child vulnerable to injury due to a product defect? Your family may be entitled to financial compensation. Learn more about your legal options today in a free, confidential consultation. Our experienced product liability attorneys are here to help.