Graco is Investigated by NHTSA over Defective Car Seats Recall
As a young personal injury lawyer with a young family and a little daughter it’s a perfect receipt for being paranoid about your child being hurt.
In this video I highlight some of the dangerous and defective products for children that have been recalled, in particular Graco car seats which have defective buckles.
Last year Graco acted to recall more than 6 million car seats due to buckles that could jam. It was the largest child-seat recall in U.S. history and one with potentially terrible consequences. If you become involved in an accident or your car catches fire, the last thing you want is for your child to be trapped in a seat.
We have read a lot about recalls in the auto industry as well as by companies such as Graco. At the end of last year the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was investigating whether Graco Children’s Products acted quickly enough to report a defect in child car seats.
Graco, is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. The defect involved car seat buckles that become stuck, potentially delaying the child making a quick exit from the vehicle in an emergency, NHTSA said. Under the law once a manufacturer becomes aware of a safety-related defect in an item of motor vehicle equipment, it has up to five days to notify the NHTSA.
The agency is looking into whether Graco followed the mandate. If it failed to notify the agency in the proper time period, the manufacturer could be fined up to $35 million in civil penalties. Graco stated it “took the required actions to keep our consumers safe.” In a statement to NBC.
In separate move, Graco announced last year it was recalling nearly 5 million strollers to fix a problem that could cause a child’s fingertip to be amputated. Media reports referred to 11 recorded injuries to children. Although I look out for recalled products, I ended up buying one of these defective strollers that had to be recalled.
The defective buckles have already led to a lawsuit being filed against Graco. Last December, a California federal judge on Wednesday declined to throw out a proposed class action against Graco, ruling that a refund offer and recall effort don’t stop the plaintiffs from pursuing their claims.
At the time of the February 2014 recall, the NHTSA published reports on the car seats, saying it had been looking into the belt buckles since 2012. Among the problems it found were that the buckles would get so hard to open that parents would end up having to pick up the child and the seat — which could together weigh more than 70 pounds — to lift it out of the car in the event of an emergency, the agency said.
To see what products have been recalled check the website recalls.gov. If you have been harmed by a defective children’s product or any other product, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today at 757.455.0077.