It was 1985 when babies were required to ride in car seats. For grandparents, this may not seem that long ago, but most modern-day parents don’t give it a second thought, and many families will keep one in each car rather than transferring them. In other words, they are a part of the lives of families with young children.
Car seat manufacturers are working towards making their products 100% reliable, but this is not currently the case. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe injury or even death to the young child. With this in mind, it is essential for parents to vigilant when there is a car seat recall.
Important actions to protect children
There are some precautions to mitigate safety concerns:
- Register the child restraint system to get notifications of a recall.
- Raise safety concerns with the company or the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency if the seat has a flaw.
- Notify the company or the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency if the seat malfunctions.
These last two steps can help prompt a recall
Consumers who raise concerns are often early indicators that there could be a problem beyond the individual car seat. The NHTSA and the manufacturer analyze the complaint to determine if this is an isolated incident or a broader problem.
Holding manufacturers accountable
It is the worst nightmare of any parent to endure a child’s death or severe injury, so parents justified in expecting the highest possible safety standards. Suppose the company does not meet those standards. In that case, they may be obligated by lemon laws to compensate families by replacing the product, offering refunds or for damages suffered due to the car seat.