Steps You Need to Take to Ensure Your Child’s Car Seat Is Safe
Purchasing a car seat can be one of the most important steps parents can take to ensure their child’s safety in the car. Because babies’ and young children’s heads are disproportionally larger than the rest of their body and their pelvic bones and spines are not fully developed, car seats have been designed to protect these vulnerable body parts if an accident occurs. While car seats can prevent serious injuries and deaths, they are not always safe. When manufacturers or governmental agencies discover a defect, a recall could be issued. However, if you do not know about it, your child could be at risk if you get into a crash.
Steps You Can Take to Be Notified If Your Child’s Car Seat Is Recalled
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, six million car seats were recalled in 2014, but less than half of them were repaired. One of the main reasons for this is that parents fail to register their new car seats, which means they are not receiving notices from the manufacturer if their car seat is recalled. However, you can take these steps to be certain that you know if your child’s car seat has been recalled:
- Register your car seat. You can register your car seat on the manufacturer’s website or by filling out the registration card that came with your car seat and mailing it to the manufacturer.
- Find out if your car seat has been recalled. You can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) car seat recall page to check if your car seat has been recalled. You will need the name of the manufacturer, model number, and date of manufacture, which is most likely contained on a label on the car seat.
- Sign up for monthly alerts. Sign up for monthly car seat recall alerts at Safekids.org.
- Act. If you discover your child’s car seat has been recalled, contact the manufacturer immediately and arrange to have your car seat repaired.
Even if you register your car seat, your child could be injured in an accident if the car seat is defective. If that occurs, you need an experienced attorney to help you submit your claim for compensation on behalf of your child. Call me at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn about your legal options.
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