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Why You Need An Attorney After A Defective Car Seat Accident

Child car seats save countless lives. However, when child car seats are defective, they can fail to protect a child during a crash and may place the child at an even greater risk of sustaining serious injuries. If your child was injured due to a defective car seat, you may be able to file a claim against the car seat manufacturer. To seek compensation, you'll want to speak with a personal injury attorney.

Car Seat Defects

A car seat might have a weak strap that prevents it from securing your child properly in the seat. The frame of the seat might not be sturdy enough, and this may cause the seat to fail to protect your child during a collision. The seat might not have enough padding, and your child might be injured due to the rigidity of the car seat. The car seat might have also caught fire and wouldn't have if it was made from different materials.

If the car seat is defective, your personal injury attorney will need to find out which party is responsible for the defect. The party responsible would be held liable under strict product liability laws. In some cases, the car seat was designed in a manner that would make it inherently dangerous. For example, the car seat might have been designed using materials that are known to be highly flammable.

In other cases, the product was designed to be safe but the manufacturer made a mistake when constructing the product. The car seat might have simply been cheaply made in the factory, and a strap might not have been sewn on properly as required in the design documents. There might have been a tether that was designed to keep the car seat in place but the manufacturer failed to install the tether. 

Manufacturing Flaws

In some cases, a car seat might come with some risks that the consumer might not expect. If this is the case, failing to market the product properly may lead to the company or the advertisers being responsible for misleading you with regards to the car seat. For example, the car seat might only be intended for children of a particular size but the company failed to warn you of this.

Regardless of the cause of the accident, you will want to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney who has handled similar cases. An attorney will help you establish who was negligent and calculate the damages you have suffered due to the defective car seat.

To learn more, contact a resource like Josh D. Tucker, P.C.