Car seats exist to keep babies, toddlers and children safe during a car crash. However, in certain instances, they do not work as they are supposed to due to a defect or flaw in the product. An improperly manufactured car seat can be ineffective and extremely dangerous.
The most common defects in car seats include:
- Problems with the seat adjusters
- Flammable materials
- Broken latches
- Issues with frames
- Torn straps
When a car seat fails to work in the way it is supposed to, and there is a car accident, the child using the car seat can sustain a whole range of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Other injuries
Unfortunately, the list of things that could happen to a child sitting in a faulty car seat in the event of an accident goes on and on. Children inside a car need the additional protection of a car seat to keep them secure and in place in the event of a car crash.
The injuries they can sustain if their car seat does not work properly can cause significant pain, injuries and, in many cases, permanent disabilities and life-long health problems.
A child who has sustained an injury in a car accident will need significant care, usually around the clock. Depending on the severity of the injury, it could last for months, years, or the rest of their life.
Even though car seat manufacturers try to ensure their products are safe, the products they sell often come with a defect that took place during the manufacturing process or the car seat fails to work how it is supposed to after it is installed.
In these cases, having experienced counsel to guide you through the process of filing a product liability lawsuit against the car seat manufacturer is essential in seeking and getting justice for yourself and your child.