Graco Children’s Products paid $10 million in fines and settlement claims in February 2014 after failing to recall millions of car seats in a timely fashion. The recall was due to the buckles and straps on some car seats being difficult to open or release, preventing parents and caretakers from removing children from the seats swiftly during an emergency.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires businesses to report possible safety concerns within days after receiving complaints–initial complaints came in as early as 2009. Due to delayed action on Graco Children’s Products’ part, it ended up paying $3 million in fines and $7 million in improving its safety programs.
Unfortunately, injuries due to faulty or recalled car seats are not completely uncommon. According to The Chicago Tribune, a nurse in Oregon recognized a plastic notch hidden under the cloth of a Cosco Touriva car seat when trying to figure out how the child in the seat fractured her skull during a crash. Such lack of sufficient oversight on safety practices is unacceptable and Kryder Law’s personal injury lawyers will work with you if you or a loved one are injured by a faulty or recalled carseat or other product.
While accidents can’t be predicted, some common causes of car seat injuries include:
- Malfunctioning straps or seat belts
- Booster seats that don’t provide back, neck, and/or head support
- Plastic shell fractures
- Flammable materials
- Improper installation of a car seat or booster seat
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Because of the potential for improper installation or use of car seats, many states, including Illinois, have strict laws regarding the use and installation of such devices. Tips on making sure you’re using your child’s car seat correctly can be found here.
The lawyers at Kryder Law take product liability suits very seriously. Misuse or recall of different safety products can result in injury or death. If you or a loved one are injured by a faulty or recalled product, contact us. We’ll help you see if litigation is right for you.