Defective Car Seats

A car seat can protect your child from serious injury and even save his or her life, but only if it is functioning properly.  A defective car seat can injure or kill your child in an accident, or even under normal driving conditions when no accident occurs.  Too many children are injured or killed by the devices we use to protect them from harm.




More than 80% of car seats are installed improperly because the instruction manuals are not clear and easy to understand.  When a car seat is not installed properly it cannot provide proper protection and may even be the cause of injury.  Car seat manufacturers have a duty to provide clear and accurate instruction manuals for their products.


Car Seat Failure


In order for a car seat to protect a child, it must hold the child securely in place so that he or she does not strike objects in the vehicle, strike the car seat itself, or get flung around in the seat causing injury.  Common car seat defects and failures include:


  • Harness failure
  • Buckle failure
  • Shoulder straps which unclip or come loose
  • Poor shell design
  • Area where the seat belt attaches to the car seat breaks or bends, allowing the seat to launch
  • Separation of seat from base, allowing the seat to launch
  • Padding inadequate to provide protection from injury
  • Inadequate support allows child to slip down in cars seat during accident


Car Seat Defect Injuries


A defective car seat does not just fail to provide protection; it can actually be the source of injury.  Defective car seats can injure children during accidents and during normal driving conditions when braking or turning sharply.  Children riding in defective car seats can suffer serious or fatal injuries including:


  • Brain Injury
  • Torn spinal cord
  • Skull fractures
  • Severe facial lacerations
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Interal injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bruising
  • Death


Defective Car Seats Used as Carriers


Some car seats are designed to double as baby carriers.  Handle failure in this type of car seat can cause the seat to flip, launching the baby, and can cause severe injuries.


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If your child has been injured or killed by a defective car seat, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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