Here is what you should know about Defective Car Seat Injuries in Florida
If your child has been seriously hurt by a defective child restraint or car seat, you have a right to seek compensation from the manufacturer. Each year, thousands of items are recalled by industry because they simply do not perform as advertised or because they are inherently dangerous to the public. At Roman & Roman, P.A., we frequently help people who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others.
Call us for free to discuss your case, and let us see if we can help. We only get paid if we can collect compensation for your injuries, so you have nothing to lose by calling.
Car Seat Recalls
There are so many safety recalls in the industry that it can almost seem like every brand has a product being recalled. Every parent with small children should periodically check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to see if their child’s seat is listed among the many recalls pending.
Why Recalls Matter
Recalls matter because they indicate that the manufacturer has acknowledged a defect or problem with their product. This is often one of the hardest problems in holding a manufacturer responsible for injuries. By issuing a recall, the manufacturer can limit its potential liability by getting as many defective products off the market as possible. However, if the product seriously injures or kills someone, the manufacturer is still liable and should be held accountable.
Why Defective Car Seats Are Built
Sometimes a defective child restraint is the result of bad engineering. Other times, it’s a matter of rushed work or cutting corners with materials to save money. Large manufacturing companies typically use foreign third-party companies to perform the actual labor of assembling the product. In order to maximize profits, sometimes manufacturers will opt for cheaper materials. Here are some examples:
- Using a lower grade plastic on components that are initially thought to be less important
- Using less material for harnesses or connecting straps to save weight and make the product more appealing to consumers
- Lowering manufacturing costs by manufacturing the product in multiple pieces then connecting them later, as opposed to building a single item out of one piece of molded plastic
How Defective Car Seats Hurt Children
In an automobile accident, a child in a proper safety restraint is held in place, and their body is kept secure. They may suffer minor bruising, they may get glass or other items on their body, but in the majority of accidents, a child in a proper restraint will survive with minimal injuries. In fact, children in a properly designed harness and safety seat will generally have less injuries than restrained adults.
But if the car seat is defective, the child may break free, becoming a projectile. This can be lethal and result in lifelong injuries or even death. Other times, the entire car seat may come detached due to improper design or materials, causing the same problems. If a car seat has been in an accident, it may likely be required to be replaced and should be covered under the property damage section of your insurance policy.
Call Roman & Roman, P.A. Today
If you or someone you care about has a child who has suffered serious traumas or died as a result of a defective car seat, call our law firm today. Let our team of trained and experienced personal injury attorneys help you fight for justice. The call is free, and we only get paid if we are successful in helping recover compensation. So call Roman & Roman, P.A. in Clearwater today.