Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for young children. Fortunately child auto accident death rates have dropped with the use of car seats.
Car seats are a relatively new safety device. There have been car seat laws since 1966, but the first car seat laws were rarely enforced. As a child in the 1970's, I bounced around the back seat of the car. No one thought to tell me to buckle up. At that time, child car seats were bulky contraptions that were difficult to install. Many parents simply didn't bother.
The first child safety seat crash tests were performed in 1972. Eighty percent of the seats tested, failed. Since then, car seats have come a long way. All car seats must meat Standards 213, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.
A car seat or booster seat is recommended for all children under 4 feet 9 inches tall. Properly used child restraints significantly lower the risk of child injury in a motor vehicle accident. But, when car seats are defective, the seat may not offer full protection.
Millions of car seats have been recalled because of defects that can compromise child safety. In February 2011, almost 800,000 car seats manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group were recalled because the harness locking button could stick and not lock. This defect could cause the child to be ejected from his seat in the event of a car crash. The car seat recall included several popular brands of car seats including Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Safety First.
Types of child car seat defects:
- Car seat holding the child dislodges from the base which remains attached to the vehicle
- Belt or buckle fails and child is ejected from the seat
- Improper design
- Manufacturing defects including inferior material
- Misplaced belt holders cause dangerous positioning of the child or car seat
- Failure of LATCH devise during an accident causes the seat to be ejected.
- Broken seat parts
- Use of flammable materials
Types of injuries a child may suffer due to a defective car seat in the event of a Virginia car accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Cardiovascular problems
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
If your child is injured in an Atlanta car crash as a result of a defective child car safety seat, you may be eligible for compensation for your child's medical expenses and pain and suffering. An Atlanta personal injury lawyer can investigate the role a defective car seat played in your child's injuries and determine if you have a claim. If you have questions, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith and ask to schedule a free evaluation with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.