Automobiles are a modern-day convenience that many people cannot imagine living without. However, car accidents can be devastating and deadly. Child safety restraints, also known as car seats, help lessen the threat to young passengers. However, defective car seats can undermine this purpose or, in some cases, create new problems.
If you have been in a car accident or believe that you may have a child safety or personal injury claim, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney. Car seats have come a long way since the first rear-facing car seats were introduced in the 1960s, but there are some important things you should know about the dangers of defective car seats:
- Defect in the Design
Car seats save lives, but a design defect can prevent the seat from doing its job or even cause further injuries. There are frequent recalls based on defective handles, unexpected releases, weak or insufficient construction, and other design flaws. These defects may leave your little ones vulnerable to serious injuries.
- Presence of Chemicals
In 2011, the nonprofit Ecology Center reported that 60% of child safety seats tested contained at least one dangerous chemical. The chemicals that were tested for have been linked to a variety of health problems, ranging from allergies to cancer. While car seats are an invaluable tool in saving lives, it is important to find a car seat that does not contain chemicals and to keep the seat in top shape by keeping it out of direct UV rays and heat.
At the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, we advocate for community safety, especially when it comes to our children. We offer legal services in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, child safety and injury, and personal injury. If you have questions about the dangers of defective car seats or are looking for a personal injury attorney, we are here to help. Call (919) 238-4668 to speak with an attorney about your case.
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