Our lawyers have a wealth of experience helping clients seek compensation for the wrongful injuries caused by negligent and reckless individuals. However, personal injury lawsuits aren’t always filed against individuals, so it is important to have a legal team on your side that is well versed in taking on companies and municipalities as well. This is especially true in the case of automobile design defects.
Earlier this month, Graco Children’s Products announced that it would be recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats because of the risk that faulty safety buckles may make it difficult to free a child in the event of an emergency. This is the largest such recall in five years, as well as one of the largest in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s history, but some officials believe it hasn’t gone far enough.
The NHTSA recently issued a letter to Graco requesting that another 1.8 million car seats be incorporated into the recall, due to the face that they included the same buckles, threatening to take legal action to force a recall if the additional car seats were not fixed. Currently, the following seat models (2009-2013 production years) are included in the recall:
• Cozy Cline
• Comfort Sport • Classic Ride 50
• My Ride 65
• My Ride (with Safety Surround)
• My Ride 70 • Size 4 Me 70 • Smartseat
• Nautilus Elite
• Argos 70
The recall is a product of an extensive investigation, which began after federal safety regulators received several complaints from parents that they had to cut the harnesses safety straps to remove their children from their car seats.
After being told of the complaints, Graco told officials that the problem with the buckles was likely the result of “foreign materials such as food or dried liquids,” but investigators quickly dismissed this explanation, stating that such things, especially involving children’s safety equipment, was “completely foreseeable,” and thus, was not an adequate excuse. The NHTSA’s letter, written to Graco on January 14th of this year, also noted that the company is already the defendant in one wrongful death suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the role that the their faulty buckle allegedly played in the death of a 2-year-old child during a car fire.
The additional 1.8 million car seats, which the NHTSA would like recalled, are rear-facing models used for infants and small children, including:
• Snugride • Snugride 30 • Snugride 32 • Snugride 35,
• Snugride Click Connect 40 • Tuetonia 35 • Infant Safe Seat-Step 1
At present, Graco and various safety agencies are still working out the final details of the request. (The New York Times; NHTSA)
If you are the survivor of a wrongful death victim, or if you have been injured because of the carelessness of a manufacturer, we know how difficult it can be taking on a large company and their lawyers. Our attorneys will ensure that negligent companies can’t intimidate you, and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.