Defective Child & Infant Products
Product Liability Attorney for Children's Products
When parents buy children's products, including bassinets, car seats, cribs and strollers, they expect the products to have passed stringent safety tests, ensuring the safety of their child. Unfortunately, manufacturers often scrimp on testing, which results in the availability of products that conceal production or design defects.
If your child was injured by a defective product of any kind, whether it was a defective crib or a
dangerous toy, a
product liability lawyer at our firm can help.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP we are dedicated to representing injured consumers throughout the U.S. who have suffered because of manufacturing or design defects in the products they use. Assisting injured children is an area of particular importance to our legal team. The products that are created particularly for children should be designed and manufactured with special care to ensure they are free from defects. They should include proper instructions and sufficient warning labels to ensure they are used properly. When this does not occur and a child is seriously injured, our product liability attorneys are standing by to seek justice.
We provide legal counsel in all types of defective child and infant product claims, including those involving defective car seats, defective cribs and playpens, products that pose strangulation hazards, dangerous toys and more.
Defective Car Seats
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in children below 14 years of age. These fatalities can be reduced by restraining children in car seats that protect them from impact, if an accident were to occur. However, in many cases, car seats have failed, thus offering zero protection to their precious occupants.
Child car seat failure can be attributed to various defects:
Lack of Sufficient Padding
In the absence of a properly padded seat, there is no cushioning protecting the child from severe impact in the event of an accident.
Poorly Installed Buckles
Buckles play an important role in keeping children properly restrained. When these are installed poorly children can easily unbuckle them and the buckle can snap open in the event of an accident; both scenarios are extremely dangerous.
Defective Chest Clips
A clip made of substandard material can easily snap open in the event of an accident, causing the child to fly out of the seat.
A flimsy harness can easily break during an accident, causing the child to fly out of the seat.
A poorly constructed car seat, made of flammable material, is prone to flames in the event that the vehicle overheats after an accident.
You would hardly expect a child's playpen to be a dangerous place. Yet, too often, playpens are found to have unstable collapsible sides, capable of caving in on a child playing inside.
Most cribs conform to safety standards, and yet injuries and deaths due to crib defects still occur. Most can be linked to the potential for children to get trapped between vertical slats on the sides of the crib. If these gaps are big enough to trap a child's head, suffocation and strangulation can occur. Other defects include defective drop sides that collapse unexpectedly, improper design leading to the creation of dangerous gaps and posts on cribs that can pose strangulation hazards.
Strollers have been found to have poorly constructed collapsible frames and improperly installed latches on the frames, causing fall injuries. Sometimes, stroller parts are defective and can pinch the skin.
No matter the particular nature of product liability claim you may have as related to a children's product, you can count on our knowledge and experience. Contact a defective product attorney at Arnold & Itkin today.