Car Seat Laws

More than 56,000 child safety seats have been recalled by Evenflo because the internal harness can be loosened by children. Once loosened, the affected Transitions Three-in-One Combination Booster Seat does not protect the child as intended during a crash.

Consumer Feedback Led to Recall

According to Evenflo, the safety issue was identified toward the end of January when the company was reviewing feedback from consumers. While there are no reported injuries because of the harness’ design, Evenflo is notifying people who own one of the child safety seats and sending them a kit that contains a new front adjuster assembly and seat pad.

The affected car safety seats were made between Dec. 18, 2014 and Jan. 29, 2016. The problem only occurs when the seat is used as a booster seat and facing forward with the harness in use. The central front adjust button is used to loosen the harness. It may be within reach of the child in the seat.

Design Defects Can Lead to Product Liability Lawsuits

The above recall is due to a design defect. The harness adjuster button is accessible to a child’s fingers. A different design, such as the new front adjuster assembly and seat pad that Evenflo is sending to owners of the affected car seats, can prevent this particular injury risk. Product liability cases require that the plaintiff prove there is a manufacturing defect, a defective warning or a design defect that led to the injury.

When a consumer buys a product, he or she believes it will be safe to use. Some products, though, are dangerous because of a defect. When a person is injured or becomes ill because of a defective product, he or she has the right to sue the person(s) responsible. The named defendants can include the product manufacturer, the retailer, the designer and others. If you have been injured because of a defective product, it would be wise to speak with an attorney to determine your legal options.

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