Given that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of preventable death and accidents among children, improving road safety is a top priority. For young children, car seats are an important safety measure, increasing their chances of survival during a vehicular crash and also minimizing the risk of serious injuries.
In addition to being properly installed in the vehicle, car seats also need to securely restrain children, keeping them in place during the impact of a collision. However, the restraints keeping the child in the seat also need to be easily undone by an adult, in the event that there’s a car fire or another emergency requiring the child to quickly be pulled from the vehicle.
The Graco Recall
Recently, Graco Children’s Products Inc. recalled around 3.8 million car seats, due to the possibility that children could get trapped in them. Apparently, the buckles keeping the child in place are often difficult to unlatch, making it difficult to quickly free the child.
Although a company spokesman claims that no child suffered any injuries as a result of the stuck buckles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizes the potential serious risk of tethers, buckles, and straps that can’t be opened quickly. Furthermore, they also chided the company for not recalling 1.8 million infant car seats of the rear-facing variety; consumers had complained about stuck buckles on those as well.
Parents should always be vigilant about potential problems with car seats and should stay appraised of changing guidelines or regulations for safe use. Well-designed and properly used car seats are crucial for protecting young children on the road. Here in Indiana, where tens of thousands of car crashes take place annually, you want to make sure that your child is benefiting from the best protection possible.
If you or your child have experienced a vehicular collision, contact experienced Indiana car accident lawyers. We are sensitive to the needs of your child and to how important it is to keep them safe on the road.