A child in a faulty or broken car seat can be severely injured in an accident. When a car seat fails, a small child can be thrown from a vehicle or become trapped in their seat. If your child was injured in a car accident while in a car or booster seat, an investigation of the seat can be done to determine all possible people and companies responsible for your child’s injuries.
Our Lawyers have extensive experience in product liability litigation and a record of aggressively pursuing compensation for our clients. If your child was injured in a car seat or booster seat, you can contact our lawyers about filing a product liability and personal injury claim on behalf of your child.
What if the car or booster seat was installed or operated incorrectly?
If a car seat was operated or installed incorrectly, it is possible that the person responsible for its operation or installation can held responsible. In some cases it is necessary for a child to sue a parent to get a payout from the parents’ insurance company. This can be very difficult for parents but it may be necessary. In some cases, it is the only way for the family to get the money necessary for the child’s medical bills and other damages. We have handled these situations, and understand how sensitive they can be.
Child Car Seat Recalls
Graco My Ride 65 Child Car Seat Recall
Graco Children’s Products Inc. recalled certain Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraints, specifically models 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. If the product is involved in a crash, “the child seat webbing may not adequately restrain the child,” according to the company. This increases the risk of injury. Because of this issue, these car seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
4moms Self Installing Car Seat (Black & Grey Models)
According to the safety recall report submitted to NHTSA on January 10th, 2017, it is possible that there is an issue with an internal rivet on 4moms Self Installing Car Seat, model 1032. The rivet may be attached too tightly, which could result in the coupling hook not engaging. If the coupling hook does not engage properly with the coupling pin, the carrier attachment may not be properly secured to the base of the car seat. A failure of the coupling hook could result in the carrier becoming detached in the event of a collision.
This issue was brought to the manufacturer by a consumer complaint received on December 1st, 2016, that related to the securement of the carrier to the base of a unit owned by the consumer. After the receipt of the car seat in question by 4moms, an inspection occurred that replicated the consumer issue after extended life cycle testing. After discovering the root cause of the securement failure, an inspection of inventory units located at the company warehouse took place. 16 of the 757 units inspected were identified with the same issue as the above mentioned consumer owned unit. On December 22nd, it was concluded by the 4moms executive team that a voluntary recall should be initiated.
Baby Jogger City Go Car Seat Recall
Baby Jogger, LLC issued a recall of the following in June of 2015:
- City GO Infant Car Seats (models BJ64510 and BJ64529);
- City GO Base for infant car seat (models BJ80400 and BJ61500);
- City Mini Infant Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems (model BJ72510); and
- Vue Lite Infant Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems (models BJ70411, BJ70424, and BJ70431).
These products have information on the labels, instruction manual and registration card that is either:
- the wrong size
- has an incorrect background color
- or is in the incorrect order or is missing.
Because of this, these seats do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
Dorel Comfort Infant Child Restraints on Alpha Elite and Eddie Bauer Child Seats
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation received a defect information report from Dorel Juvenile Group regarding a choking hazard on their child restraint. According to information accessed on the U.S Department of Transportation website, it is possible that the trim screws on child restraints manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group can loosen and fallout, creating a choking hazard.
Compass Infant Child Restraints
Compass, a manufactured of child seats, issued a noncompliance report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2006. According to information obtained from NHTSA, the crotch anchor of compass infant child restraints model I420 with fabric codes ARD FUO and MAR does not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard number 213, “child restraint systems.” According to the NHTSA, it is possible for the crotch anchor to become dislodged. The dislodging of the anchor could result in the seat occupant traveling up the seat back and breaking the upper seat back. This could result in serious injury to the seat occupant.
Combi Infant Child Restraint Systems Recall
Combi USA, Inc notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a safety defect in multiple of its child seat products. These products were produced from October 2005 through December 2007. According to the NHSTA, it is possible that the car seat can become separated from its base during a frontal crash. If the seat separates from its base during a crash, the safety of the car seat occupant may be compromised. This could result in injury.
Improper Warning Label on Regal Lager Booster Seat
Booster seats manufactured by Cybex during February 2010 may have contained an incorrect warning label. If the booster seat is unoccupied, and the seat is not constrained by a safety belt, it is possible that the seat could be thrown around in the car in the event of a sudden stop, accident, or sharp turn.
Chico Stay-in-Car Bases: KeyFit | KeyFit 30 | Cortina Travel Systems
Chico USA, Inc submitted a Defect Information Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding certain “stay-in-car” bases manufactured between February 26, 2008 and March 17, 2008. According to the report, Chicco discovered a problem associated with the brackets that secure the A-lock to the base of the child restraint system. The brackets may be over-tightened. If over-tightened, it is possible that the base cannot be properly fastened to the vehicle when using the lower latch attachments. The base can be secured properly using the vehicle’s safety belts.
Recaro North America Child Restraint System Recall
In 2009 Recaro North America, Inc. recalled Signo and Como child restraint systems manufactured from Nov 1st 2007 through February 16th 2009. According to a safety recall notification accessed on the NHTSA website, a metal adjuster (A lock) may not work properly on a small percentage of child restraint systems. The A lock controls the tightness of the shoulder harness. According to the notification, a mechanical spring was either manufactured improperly or was deformed during assembly of the affected restraint systems. If a child is involved in an accident while seated in a defective child restraint system, the child may sustain an injury.
Partial Buckle Engagement Risk with Kiddy USA Booster Seats
Kiddy USA was alerted to a possible noncompliance with FMVSS 213 buckle release requirement after receiving a preliminary testing report from NHTSA’s Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. The supplier responsible for the manufacturing of the component in question, a buckle, completed testing and analysis that confirmed that a representative sample of buckles did not conform to FMVSS 213 and, when partially engaged, gave the impression that the buckle was fully latched. When not fully engaged, and accident could result in the increased risk of injury to the occupant of the booster seat. The seats in question were produced between July 2nd, 2012 and October 5th, 2013.
The Information above was accessed on The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website.