The Dangers of Defective Car Seats
Most parents trust car seats to protect their newborns and toddlers in the event of an accident. Fortunately, most car seats are designed to do just that, and the majority are manufactured to the highest safety standards possible. Unfortunately, some car seat manufacturers still proceed to produce and market subpar products to the public, despite the myriad safety rules and regulations with which they are legally bound to comply. If your child has been harmed by a defective car seat, keep reading to learn more about your legal options.
The Role of Car Seats in Injury Prevention
Car seats are designed to protect the bodies of infants during automobile accidents. If a car seat fails to perform this function, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible. Before a product reaches the shelves of your local retail store, it should be subjected to rigorous testing procedures and examinations to ensure it is fit for use. Multiple professionals are tasked with making sure a car seat meets all the current industry safety standards. But when these professionals do not do their jobs properly, they can place the life of countless infants in danger.
What Happens When a Car Seat Fails to Protect a Child?
An infant’s body is fragile, and if it is subjected to an extreme force or impact, the outcome can be deadly. When a malfunctioning car seat fails to protect an infant as promised, it is exposing the child to the potential for:
- Broken bones,
- Head injuries and concussions,
- Brain injuries and spinal cord damage,
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations,
- Permanent nerve damage, and
These are only a few of the injuries an infant can sustain if his or her car seat does not provide adequate protection.
Basic Car Seat Safety Tips
When choosing the right type of car seat, it is important to take several factors into consideration. Some car seats are designed only for children in a specific age range, while others can be used until a child is five or six years of age. When buckling your child into his or her seat, make sure the seat and child are secured properly. Most importantly, always use the car seat in the manner it is intended to be used, and read the instructions before attempting to strap your child in.
At Birth Injury Safety, we’re concerned about the safety of all young children. If your child is injured due to a defective car seat, we urge you to contact an attorney. Birth Injury Safety can be reached at (214) 974-4121.