Recalled Child Seats Increasing Risks for Injury in Car Accidents in North Carolina and Elsewhere

As our North Carolina personal injury lawyers recently reported, there is a whole new list of child car seat recommendations that were released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even with these new child passenger safety (CPS) recommendations, your child’s car seat may not be doing its job — protecting your child.
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The NHTSA recently announced that more than 14,000 Chaperone Infant Car Seats are being recalled. The car seats were sold in the United States and are being recalled because of a faulty harness adjuster. The recalls were originally announced by Britax Child Safety, Inc., the designer and manufacturer of those harnesses. The NHTSA deemed it necessary to pass along the word to help to prevent an unnecessary child injury in Asheville or elsewhere.

The NHTSA says that it has not been alerted about any injuries or deaths resulting from the defect, but it still warns the defect can result in ineffective safety harness straps and ultimately a useless child car seat.

Model Numbers Affected by the Recall:

-E9L692M

-E9L692L

-E9L692K

-E9L692J

The child car seats involved in this recall were sold from the 1st of September in 2010 through the 30th of April in 2011. The recall is intended to address seat rivets that are defective. These rivets connect the car seat and the harness adjuster. With the defect, the harness can come off of the child’s car seat. With the straps virtually useless, the child isn’t properly secured into the seat and faces extreme risks for injury or death in the event of a car accident.

Britax says that consumers who have one of these seats can contact the company or an authorized retailer to receive a free repair kit. This kit can be used to make sure the harness adjuster is properly attached.

If you have one of these seats, stop using it immediately and contact the company to fix the problem.

In addition to making sure your child’s car seat is not defective and works properly, you’re urged to take this time to make sure you’ve placed your child in the correct car seat.

It’s recommended for children under the age of 4 to stay in a rear-facing child car seat. Only when your child has exceeded the height and weight limit for that particular seat should you graduate them to a forward-facing car seat. Children under the age of 8 need to stay in these forward-facing car seats. Once your child has outgrown the height and weight limitations for this car seat, you’re urged to place them in a seat belt-protected booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle. While riding in a booster seat, make sure that the seat belt fits properly, across the upper thigh and the shoulder and the chest.

If you or your child has been injured or killed in a North Carolina traffic accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices P.A. for a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an experienced attorney today.

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