Graco Car Seat Recall Prompts These 3 Steps to Keeping Children Safe in The Car

A motor vehicle collision presents a serious risk of harm to anyone who is involved, but children are especially prone to suffering car accident injuries. This is because their stature is smaller than an adult and cars are designed to keep adults safe.
Placing a child in a car safety or booster seat is required by law to help protect young children from these dangers, but it is also important for parents to be sure the seat they select for their child is safe. This vital safety measure was underscored by the recent recall of an estimated 3.8 million Graco car seats due to defective equipment and the associated product liability concerns.
According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall was initiated because of a malfunction with the buckles of the seat that could prevent the child from being removed from the unit in the event of an emergency.
So, what should be done to ensure a child’s safety in the car? The St. Louis personal injury attorneys with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out parents should follow these three rules when it comes to the safety of their child’s car seat:

  • Check the make and model of the unit to ensure it is not under recall.
  • If it is not, the expiration date should be checked to make sure it is still safe for use.
  • If the seat is deemed safe, take it to a local police or fire station to receive help getting it installed properly.