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Child Seat Defects

Helping Child Seat Victims across the United States

Child seats are made to protect young travelers. However, certain designs contain defects, which lead to catastrophic injuries or death. In many situations, properly designed safety seats would prevent these tragedies. Unbelievably, the child safety and automobile industries refuse to take responsibility for these occurrences. Most manufacturers blame innocent parents for the problems.

Common Car Seat Defects

It is important to make the roads safer for children. Every parent must be made aware of possible child seat defects so that serious injuries are avoided. One of the most common defects is the angle of recline. Many front and rear facing child seats are designed to sit horizontally in cars. During accidents, this may cause great harm. Also, the restraints on the seats are often in the wrong places. Chest clips are commonly positioned too far down, which can lead to ejections. Three-point harness straps provide no support to children’s laps, which presents grave danger during accidents as well. Shoulder harness slots are poorly labeled, which makes them difficult to use correctly.

As children age, it becomes necessary to use booster seats. However, these units rarely offer upper body support. During crashes, ejections are likely.

Common Injuries Linked to Child Seat Defects

Although car seats are designed to keep children safe, defects can turn minor car accidents into nightmares. Infants and toddlers may be thrown from these seats, trapped in position, or injured by the seats themselves. If straps are crafted from low-quality materials, tears may occur. This means children can be thrown from the seats. Defective locking mechanisms may make it challenging to remove children during emergencies as well.

Who is Responsible?

When a defective car seat causes a child’s injury, a product liability lawsuit may be filed against the manufacturer. This type of action may be taken when straps, restraint locks, or any other car seat parts are found to be defective. When a manufacturing mistake or design problem leads to a child’s injury, the makers and distribution chain should be held responsible for negligent actions.

Contact the Doan Law Firm for Help

The Doan Law Firm has years of experience handling auto product liability cases. We understand the devastation that may result from car seat defects. If your child has been injured from a defective car seat, call us at (800) 349-0000. We have trained attorneys ready to answer your questions 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no fees unless we win and phone consultations are always free. We have the necessary resources to handle these cases and bring you the justice you deserve.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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