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Children can be particularly vulnerable in car accidents, but having the appropriate child seats can help prevent or reduce the severity of injuries. Car seats need to uphold the highest manufacturing and design standards to protect their young passengers, and most child seats do, but sometimes after a product is on the market, a defect or design flaw causes it to be recalled.
Recalls for car seats are not the same as recalls for cars. Car manufactures provide recall contact information for customers, including phone numbers, emails, and addresses, but car seat manufacturers do not provide the same information. This means when there is a car seat recall, it is much more difficult to inform customers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only 40% of recalled car seats ever get repaired. Many people may not even realize the car seat they entrust to protect their child might not be up to the job.
Regardless of car seat manufacturers’ ability to inform customers of recalls, they have a responsibility to produce products meeting certain federal safety standards. Because the majority of recalled car seats are never repaired, it is particularly important that child seat manufacturers get it right the first time. Parents can check for child seat recalls at any time on the NHTSA’s website.
To help protect your child from defective car seats, it’s wise to never by used car seats. Without knowing the history of a car seat, you can’t be certain it is up to the job. It’s also important to adhere to car seat expirations. Most car seats have expiration dates of approximately six years after manufacture. Using a car seat after it expires exposes your child to an increased risk of injury or death in the event of an accident.
Parents do everything they can to help keep their children safe, but unfortunately some things are out of their control. If your child suffered injuries in a car accident because of a defective car seat, the manufacturer should be held responsible. Call the experienced Houston auto products liability attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today for a free consultation to discuss your case.