Car seat recalls may occur when there is some sort of defect with a child or infant car seat. In such cases, the producer or manufacturer of the car seat may issue a notice to public consumers that the car seat is to be pulled off of shelves and removed from distribution. They may offer a refund or replacement for purchased products.
When Do Car Seat Recalls Occur?
Car seat recalls may occur for several different reasons, such as:
- The seat has some broken or missing parts
- The seat has weak structures or materials
- The seat fails to fit properly with the car’s seat belts and safety restraint mechanisms
- There are issues with the design of the car seat
- The seat did not come with proper warning labels
Also, there are differences between the different car seats depending on the age and size of the child. For instance, infant child seats have different requirements and specifications than those seats intended for older, larger toddlers.
As the child gets older and grows, the type of seat required often becomes less restraining and may eventually just be a simple “booster” seat to help prop the child up higher. These different types of car seats can be associated with different types of defects and construction issues. Regular maintenance checks and keeping up with recall statements issued in the news or online can help prevent injuries caused by defective car seats.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by a Defective Car Seat?
Generally speaking, the manufacturer of a defective car seat can sometimes be held liable for injuries caused by a defective car seat. In order for liability to be found, the car seat must have been used in the manner intended by the manufacturer, and must not have been altered from its condition as it left the factory. In other cases, distributors and retail sellers can sometimes be held liable for knowingly selling a dangerous or defective car seat.
On the other hand, manufacturers and distributors cannot be held liable for injuries that are caused by an overall failure to use child safety seats properly. One exception to this may be where the manufacturer failed to provide adequate instructions or warnings, as a lawsuit resulting from such a failure would be filed as a warning label defect lawsuit. Lawsuits may result in remedies such as damages awards to compensate for injuries, medical bills, and other losses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Car Seat Recall Issues?
Car seats are very important for the safety of children and infants. You may need to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer if you need any type of assistance with a car seat injury. Your attorney can help you file a claim and can provide you with legal advice and guidance for your case. Also, if you need to make an appearance in a court of law, your lawyer can provide you with legal services and representation during the process.