Car Booster Seats and Auto Accidents: Potential Dangers

February 21, 2017 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Auto Accidents Product Liability

A rollover car accidentThe dangers of auto accidents are many, and it's possible for a collision to seriously impact the lives of drivers, passengers, and bystanders. This is why the lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton take these kinds of accidents so seriously. We are committed to helping the people of Provo in their time of legal need, fighting for damages to cover injuries and other expenses.

Auto accidents can be especially troubling when children are involved, though thankfully there are special safety seats to protect your child from harm. We'd like to focus on these matters right now, particularly with regard to flaws in these safety and booster seats that may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit.

Proper Use of Car Safety Seats

Child safety seats and booster seats are designed to protect young passengers in vehicles when they are too small to safely use regular seat belts. In most cases, this means children up to the age of 6 or 7 years old.

Proper use of car safety seats means noting the age range and the height for the various products. There are safety seats designed specifically for children of certain ages. The product instructions will also specify how to properly secure the device in the backseat.

For very young passengers, it's best to have the child safety seat facing the back of the car rather than the front of the car. In the event of a collision, this positioning helps prevent serious neck and spinal cord injuries.

Should I Replace My Safety Seat After an Accident?

In most cases, the answer is yes. In serious collisions, car safety seats may be seriously damaged at a structural level. If there are cracks, chips, or other kinds of damage to the booster seat or child safety seat, it should be replaced.

For minor fender benders or collisions that do not result in major injuries or damage to the car safety seat, you may be able to keep the seat and use it again. Be sure to follow any instructions regarding the seat provided by the manufacturer. Use your good judgment as well.

Defective Car Safety Seats: What Consumers Should Know

There are some cases in which booster seats and child safety seats may be poorly made and potentially dangerous. In these cases, the car seat may not protect a child from harm to its fullest ability. The seat itself may break and fracture, with plastic shards and components causing cuts and bruises to the child.

Potential Flaws with Car Safety Seats

When it comes to flaws for child safety seats, the problems tend to be related to poor design or bad manufacturing practices. It's also possible for problems during shipping and distribution to lead to unsound safety seats. There is also a matters of bad instructions or improper labeling, such as selling a safety seat not designed for a child of the age and height specified.

How Product Liability Attorneys Can Help You

Product liability lawsuits can be complicated matters given what must be proven and the legal teams that major companies have in place. By working with our attorneys, you will have experienced professionals on your side, offering guidance through every step of the litigation process. While we help you by handling filings and paperwork, you can focus on recovery and moving forward with the challenges of daily life.

Contact the Lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

For more information about your legal rights and options, be sure to contact our team of injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will work closely with you and offer sound legal counsel in your time of legal need.