Responsible parents do what they can to care for their children’s safety, and purchasing a quality car seat for the family vehicle helps parents improve safety. Parents expect the car seat they purchased both to work and not to contain any defects. However, defective child seats can make it to the market.
Even when the child safety seat works perfectly, a child placed in the seat may be in jeopardy. The problem causing the hazard might not exist with the safety seat. Rather, the trouble rests with the front seats in the vehicle.
CBS News launched a report revealing that a common flaw found in many vehicles can put car seat-fastened children at risk. Specifically, if a car gets hit from behind, the front seat may collapse backward. A child placed in a safety seat behind a front vehicle seat could suffer a fatal injury due to the collapsing front seat.
Senate lawmakers crafted the Modernizing Seatback Safety Act, a bill that would require manufacturers to strengthen seats. If the law passes, the improved safety standards could lead to fewer injuries and fatalities.
However, improving standards does not address problems with the millions of vehicles produced before any upgraded safety standards go into effect. Even with enhanced standards, defective car manufacturing can still take place. Therefore, parents must be aware of potential risks associated with car and child safety seats.
Injuries caused by car or child seat defects may provide the basis for a product liability lawsuit. An attorney may be able to seek compensatory and punitive damages for clients. In incidents that cause wrongful death, an attorney might seek significant punitive damages. Discussing potential civil litigation with an attorney may prove informative as attorneys inform clients of their rights and options in civil matters.