Britax, the maker of one of the most respected and trusted brand of infants' and children's
car seats, recently
issued a recall of 14,220 of its new Chaperone seats. The recall was a result of a rivet in the car seat that has the potential to come loose from the seat, causing the harness adjustor to detach completely. Without a harness adjustor, the seat straps will not be able to properly restrain the infant or child in the event of a crash, leading to potentially serious injuries or even death.
This particularly frightening example is, unfortunately, just the latest in a recent series of car seat recalls. Thousands of infant and children's car seats are recalled annually, often without any overt effort on the part of the car seats' manufacturers to publicize the safety issues. In fact, unless parents register their particular brand of car seat, they may never know about potentially life threatening flaws in the device's design. Car seats may be registered directly with the product manufacturer on its individual website, or through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When installed and used correctly, car and booster seats dramatically reduce the likelihood of severe injury or death to infants and children in the event of a car accident. If, however, the seat's design is flawed in any way, the device cannot do its job correctly, causing potentially devastating results. If your child has been seriously injured as a result of a recalled or flawed car seat, do not wait any longer before talking to a product liability lawyer from our office. We will review your case and determine if you can pursue monetary compensation.
Contact a product liability attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case.