After A Car Seat Recall An Attorney May Be Needed

by Terry Bryant

After a major car seat recall, an attorney may be needed. Millions of child safety seats have been removed from store shelves in the last 15 years, and on average, there is a major safety alert every other month concerning these products. The most recent one concerns Graco, a leading manufacturer in the industry. Graco, in April, announced that they were removing 3.7 million seats from the market after discovering an inherent flaw with the product’s harness release. The button used to release the harness in Graco’s chair was prone to jamming, something that should not happen, especially during an emergency situation.

There are many reasons why a manufacturer may institute a car seat recall, and an attorney can help if any of these defects are present:

  • Defective shells
  • Shell and base separation
  • Defective handles
  • Flammable materials
  • Defective harnesses that either release suddenly or jam
  • Poor rotation design resulting in unexpected movement
  • Choking hazards

In addition to burns, lacerations, and broken bones, these defects can result in permanent brain or spinal injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, even seemingly mild concussions, can cause major cognitive issues that might last a lifetime. These include speech problems, learning problems, mood or behavioral disorders, or sensory problems.

The best way to avoid injury to your child is to be aware of a car seat recall right away. An attorney can help a family after an injury has occurred, but only staying informed can help prevent injuries from the outset. The agency responsible for monitoring safety alerts in this field is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA keeps track of accident statistics on the nation’s roads, including safety alerts for car seats. The NHTSA’s website lists every alert released in the last 10 years, including the name of the manufacturer, the nature of the defect, all product lines that are affected, and the date of the alert. With this information, a family can make smart decisions regarding their child’s safety.