If you have children, you’d probably do just about anything to keep them safe. It’s why you carefully research all those important baby items, from safe cribs and bedding to pack-and-plays and car seats. When manufacturers create a defective product, however, children can get injured. We don’t have to tell you how devastating that can be for parents.
That’s the case with Dorel’s Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 convertible car seat, which was recently recalled by the manufacturer. The seat may not actually protect children from head injuries in the event of a crash.
The Child Seat Recall
83,000 car seats have been recalled, according to Consumer Reports and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Apparently, “children who weigh 65 pounds or more could suffer a head injury in a crash when the seat is in the forward-facing position and secured using the lap belt without also using the top-tether strap. The child’s head could come in contact with the vehicle interior during the crash, which could result in potential head injuries.”
Since the car seat failed to properly restrain the test dummy in sample crashes, the car seat must be recalled. To date, no child injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of this car seat’s failure.
However, the manufacturer hasn’t determined what the remedy will be, nor how they will be notifying consumers of the recall. If you have a Dorel car seat from this line, it’s incumbent upon you to discontinue use immediately. Even if your child is under 65 pounds, there’s no sense in risking their health and safety.
What to Do When You’re Injured by a Defective Product
If you or any of your loved ones are injured as a result of a defective product, seek medical attention immediately. Your first priority should be recovery. Once the initial incident is over, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
When you are injured by a defective product—like the Dorel car seats—you can pursue a products liability claim. This is a type of negligence claim, which covers manufacturing defects, design defects and failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions regarding the product. The Dorel recall would likely fall under design defects. An experienced personal injury attorney can help by reviewing the case and filing a claim on your behalf.
Contact an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Have you or your children been injured by defective car seats? I’ll Make Them Pay!® You deserve compensation for their injuries, your lost wages while you cared for them and more. Call my office at 877.614.9524 today for a consultation.