Defective Child Car Seat Lawsuits
Committed Los Angeles Injury Attorneys
Child seats are intended to save lives and prevent injuries to the youngest motor vehicle passengers. In California, it is also legally required for young children to ride in appropriate booster and safety seats for their height, weight, and age. However, defectively-designed child car seats and boosters can cause serious injuries and even fatalities to vulnerable infants and toddlers.
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our compassionate Los Angeles attorneys represent parents whose children died or sustained life-altering injuries because of dangerous or defective child seats. We know that nothing can make up for these painful losses, but by filing a product liability lawsuit and holding car seat manufacturers accountable for defects, our clients often find a measure of peace after a serious accident.
To schedule a free consultation with our defective child car seat attorneys, call (866) 634-4525 today.
Common Booster and Safety Seat Defects
Under state laws and regulations, all children under the age of 8 must be placed in an appropriate car restraint, with some exceptions made for older children whose parents are present in the vehicle. These requirements vary depending on the child’s age and weight, to ensure that small children are adequately protected in the event of a crash.
While victims of serious car accidents almost always sustain some injuries, the idea is that a child safety seat, booster seat, or harness should mitigate these risks and prevent small children from death and disabling injury. When car seat and child seat manufacturers fail to consider child safety, it is often possible to hold them legally liable through the civil justice system.
Our lawyers can represent clients whose children have been injured by:
- Driver seatbacks that collapse and injure children in the back seat
- Backless booster seats that provide no head or neck protection
- Shield-type booster seats that lack upper torso restraints and allow children to hit their heads or slip out of the seat
- Convertible child carriers that come apart
- Vehicle seats that are not adequately designed for use with child seats
Inadequate Safety Standards in the Car Seat Industry
Part of the problem with child car seat injuries is the lack of adequate safety standards for manufacturers of child car seats. For example, there are currently no industry-wide requirements for safe performance in a child seat in a rear- or side-impact crash or rollover accident. Children who are too big for a child seat and too small to be adequately restrained by the vehicle’s seat belt system, often called the “forgotten children,” are also at high risk for injury.
Fighting for Victims of Defective Child Car Seats
From permanent paralysis to traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, children who survive a car accident with a defective safety seat may lose out on a lifetime of opportunities and potential joys – and unfortunately, many of the youngest children cannot survive such a crash at all. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our experienced personal injury attorneys have extensive investigative resources to help you explore every legal option after a wrongful death or catastrophic injury.
Because we’ve seen firsthand the devastation that auto defects can cause, we believe in seeking justice for families and ensuring that no parent ever has to suffer the same trauma. With more million-dollar settlements and verdicts than any other injury firm in California, you can count on our team to provide the caring counsel you deserve after a crash.
To discuss your child seat injury claim, please contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525. We represent clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.
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