Child Seat Defects
As a parent nothing is more important than the safety of our children. Infant and child safety car seats are so important to the safety of our children that hospitals will not let you bring your newborn home until you can show you have a properly installed car seat and you know how to use it. Infants and small children are more susceptible to injury in crashes when their car safety seats are not functioning properly.
We use these car safety seats to keep our children safe and the last thing we think is that these very seats can cause injury or death if they are defectively designed or manufactured. Such defects can include defective latches, improper or defective construction, weak shell design or components that cause unintended release of the seat. Also the use of after-market products like car seat pillows or strap covers can alter the effectiveness of the car seat but the seat manufacturers or after market product sellers do not warn consumers of these risks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a great website with information regarding child safety seats and current recall information. You can find the website at: www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm .
Like other product liability cases it is critically important to preserve the damaged car seat. Many times if the car seat is not preserved in the condition it was in at the time of the injury there is little chance at successfully pursuing a car seat defect claim. Car seat defect claims are very complex and it is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with this specialized area of law.
If your child has been injured by a child safety seat that may have been defectively designed or manufactured or did not have adequate warnings, they may be eligible for compensation from the product manufacturer or seller.