“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14.” – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Keeping children safe is first and foremost in the minds of parents, and keeping them safe when riding in a vehicle may be a parent’s ultimate concern. Defects in child safety seat design and/or manufacturing leave children vulnerable to injury or worse. From shell designs to buckles, harnesses and padding – any or all of these components are susceptible. We have provided child safety seat product recall information below, but the fact remains that manufacturers and distributors often do not do enough to ensure consumer safety.
The Forgotten Child
The need for age-appropriate restraint in vehicles goes beyond child safety seats – and even booster seats. For years now, highway and child safety organizations have advised consumers that the rear seat of a vehicle is the safest place for children of all ages to ride. But this position assumes the existence of rear seat age- and size-appropriate restraints. Unfortunately these restraints don’t usually exist – even though automobile manufacturers are quite aware of the risks to children aged 4 – 14, as well as ways to remove the danger.
Sadly, most manufacturers still rely on rear lap-shoulder seat belts that properly fit only those occupants who are at least 57 inches tall and weigh more than 80 pounds. In a crash, smaller occupants can suffer devastating internal injuries caused by shoulder belts that cut across the neck or chest and lap belt anchors that are too far apart.
Slack Davis Sanger attorneys have successfully represented plaintiffs in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe child safety seats and occupant restraint systems. If someone you know has been injured in this type of accident, please contact the child safety seat product liability lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger for a free case evaluation.