Summer is a time to escape, to have some fun, and to create wonderful memories. But, it’s also a prime time for accidents as more drivers hit the road heading for new destinations. Plan extra time for unexpected delays including detours and waits common with road construction–the other summer activity. One proactive step you can take to protect your child from injury is to check your child car seat for recalls before summer travel begins.
Like the May 2010 recall of the Dorel Maxi Cosi Mico Infant Child Restraint Systems, hundreds of child seats have been recalled. While not every owner gets timely, if any notification, checking to see if yours is on the recall list is easy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) Internet list of recalled child restraints is always current.
Our Alabama defective product attorneys caution against buying a child car seat at a garage sale, secondhand or thrift store, and even some discount stores that specialize in selling overruns and seconds. While we all appreciate the generosity of people who give us needed items, accepting a “hand-me-down” car seat might put your child in similar danger.
Not all of these outlets are aware of recalls, and many could not know if the child car seat they offer has ever been involved in an accident. Car seats involved in accidents should be disposed of to ensure safety.
Do careful research before buying, and check the ODI recall site periodically to find out if your child car seat has been added to the list of defective car seats. You can also take your car seat to any Alabama car seat inspection station if you want assistance.
If your child has been injured using a defective car seat please contact Long & Long, Alabama defective product attorneys in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama, to can learn more about your rights to compensation.