Beware of child safety seat issues

In addition to shopping deals, festive lighting and family gatherings, the holiday season creates a tremendous amount of travel. Indeed, the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday are popular travel days. With Christmas and New Year’s coming up, it expected that people across Florida are going to travel in similar numbers.

Those travelling by car with children will have to be wary of car seat recalls. Exchanging a potentially unsafe child safety seat is an important consideration given the possibility of any driver with children in the car could be involved in an accident. Child seats can be subject to recall if problems arise with padding, upholstery defects are discovered, or if other hazards are found after the seat has been sold.

Recalls are also critical for manufacturers as they could be subject to liability for failing to correct a defective product that ends up harming a child.  Car seat makers are legally bound to use reasonable care in creating products that do not cause undue hazards when they are used as intended, and they must take steps in addressing defects when they are discovered. If a manufacturer fails to correct such defects, an injured consumer could seek compensation for the injuries he or she suffers.

In the meantime, recall lists for car seats (as well as other products children may use) can be found online. Car seat recalls may also be important as new guidelines for safety seats go into effect in 2014. If you have questions about potential liability for manufacturers in the event a child is injured due to a defective seat, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

Source: 9WSYR.com, “New regulations set for child car seats; set to go in effect in February 2014,” December 2, 2013