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Defective Car Seat Lawsuit

Defective Car Seat Lawsuit

Car seats and booster seats are supposed to protect babies from injury and death in a car accident. In 2014, over 6 million defective car seats were recalled, but less than half were repaired. If your child or infant was injured, you are not alone.

What You Can Do & How a Car Seat Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting defective car seat injury cases in all 50 states. If your child or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Recaro Recalls Performance and ProRide Car Seats

September 18, 2015 — Recaro Child Safety, LLC is recalling over 173,000 Performance and ProRide car seats because the top tether can come loose and fail to protect a child in a car crash. Click here to read more.

August 14, 2015 — Britax is recalling about 200,000 ClickTight Advocate, Boulevard, and Marathon car seats because a sticky button could allow the shoulder straps to loosen. Click here to read more.

April 17, 2015 — After delaying a recall of about 4 million car seats with defective buckles, federal safety officials have ordered Graco to pay at least $10 million in fines and steps to improve child safety. Click here to read more.

December 2, 2014 Federal safety officials are investigating a 5-year delay in Graco’s recall of 6 million car seats with defective buckles that may get stuck and be impossible to open in an emergency. Click here to read more.

August 1, 2014 — Dorel Juvenile Group, the world’s largest car seat manufacturer, has been hit with a lawsuit (PDF) from a woman who alleges that the “Safety 1st” car seat has defective buckle that caused her child’s death. Click here to read more.

July 1, 2014 — Graco has bent under pressure from federal safety authorities and will recall 1.9 million infant car seats with buckles that can get progressively stickier over time and may be impossible to open in an emergency. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.

Recalled Graco infant car seats include:

  • SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect
  • SnugRide 30, SnugRide Classic Connect 30
  • SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect 35
  • SnugRide Click Connect 40
  • Aprica A30

Click here for a complete list of recalled car seats.

May 6, 2014 — The New York Times reports that Graco is facing increasing pressure from the NHTSA to recall infant car safety seats that have a buckle the agency says is defective. The NHTSA has ordered a series of tests to see how long a malfunctioning buckle would delay freeing an infant during an emergency. Click here to read more.

April 16, 2014 — On top of a recall involving 6 million car seats manufactured by Graco and Evenflo, Baby Trend is recalling 16,000 of the “TrendZ FastBack” 3-in-1 car seats because defective buckles on the harness can get stuck, making it difficult or impossible to remove a child from the car seat in an emergency. Click here to read more.

Car Seat Recall List

Federal safety authorities provide a list of car seat recalls on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The list only includes recalls that occurred in the last decade.

What is the problem?

In the last few years, over 10 million defective car seats have been recalled. Problems include poor manufacturing with sub-par materials, inadequate crash-testing, and sticky buckles that are impossible to open in an emergency. Unfortunately, recalls are usually only issued after a child is injured — and in some cases, manufacturers have resisted recalling car seats with known safety risks.

If your child was injured in a defective car seat, you have a right to seek financial compensation and justice from the manufacturer. Our lawyers specialize in product liability cases involving severe injuries or wrongful deaths. We understand that many of our clients are suffering devastating losses. This is why we typically work on contingency-fee — meaning you pay nothing unless we achieve a financial recovery on your behalf.

Car Seat Defects & Safety Hazards

  • Weak shell
  • Defective handle
  • Sticky buckle
  • Flammable material
  • Base/shell separation
  • Defective construction
  • Sudden release
  • Defective harness
  • Unintended rotation
  • And more

Sticky Buckle Car Seat Recall

Graco and Evenflo have recalled nearly 6 million child car seats because they have a defective buckle that can get progressively stickier from food and beverages. In an emergency (such as a car accident, fire, vehicle submersion, or medical problem), it may be difficult or impossible to remove the child from the car seat. At least one death — a 2 year-old girl who died in a fire — was blamed on the buckle in a Graco Nautilus car seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants Graco and Evenflo to recall millions more infant car seats with the same buckle. However, the companies insist the infant seats are safe because they can be detached at the base.

Do I have a Car Seat Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting defective car seat injury cases in all 50 states. If your child or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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