Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among infants and toddlers. That is why a car seat is one of the most important purchases a parent can make. Car seats are intended to protect children and minimize damages in the tragic event of a collision.
Unfortunately, a defective car seat can compromise a child’s safety. Product liability laws hold manufacturers liable when faulty products cause injuries. At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., in Melbourne, FL, our attorneys handle cases involving product liability and car seats.
Car Seat Defects
There are many types of car seat defects that can lead to injuries, including:
- Defective buckles or straps
- Defective chest clips
- Insufficient padding
- Faulty car seat handles
- Defective base unit
- Faulty latch system
While some car seat injuries are the result of product malfunctions, many are caused by improper use or improper installation. In some cases, these types of injuries may also fall under product liability laws. If a manufacturer or distributor failed to provide sufficient warnings or adequate use and installation instructions, they may be held at least partially liable for resulting damages. Our Melbourne attorneys can look at the details of a car seat injury case to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a product liability claim.
What to Do about a Defective Car Seat
If you suspect that a car seat is defective, stop using the product immediately. We advise consumers to look the car seat up on www.recalls.gov to see if there have been any recalls. If the car seat has been recalled, the consumer can find out how to return or discard the car seat and pursue a refund or replacement.
If consumers do not find a recall notification, they should report the suspected malfunction as soon as possible. Consumers can report an unsafe car seat to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by filling out a form on their website, sending them a letter, or calling them at (888) 327-4236. The NHTSA will enter information into their complaint database and check for any trends that may indicate a safety defect.
Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit
If a child has been injured in an accident, and you suspect it was the result of a product defect, contact a knowledgeable product liability attorney, such as those at our Melbourne legal practice.
Our attorneys work alongside experts to gather the evidence that is necessary to demonstrate product liability. We will then fight to collect maximum compensation for all related damages, which may include pain and suffering, the cost of medical treatment, and any loss of income.
Get in Touch
If your child has suffered injuries due to a defective car seat, our attorneys can examine the details of your case and let you know if you have a valid product liability claim. To learn more about your legal options, get in touch with our legal team as soon as possible. You can also schedule a personal consultation with one of our attorneys by calling (321) 308-8020.