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Failure to recall Graco car seats may lead to lawsuit

Parents who strap their kids into car seats are literally trusting the makers of these car seats with their children’s lives. How safe car seats are can be the difference between the life and death of children who are involved in vehicle accidents in Tennessee. One company has been urged to recall its car seats and failure to do so might result in a lawsuit.

Graco was pressured to recall nearly two million of their seats by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA currently is performing tests on Graco’s seats. If the seats prove to be dangerous, Graco may have to justify its choice not to recall its seats in court.

There have been reports of Graco seats with faulty buckles. In many cases, the buckles could not latch. In addition, some parents had to cut the straps simply to remove their children from their vehicles. One child died because her family couldn’t remove her from the seat when the automobile caught fire. A total of more than 6,000 complaints have been filed concerning the company’s seats.

Graco claims that the non-latching buckle problem may be tied to kids’ spilling drinks and food onto their buckles. The company has already recalled more than four million front-facing seats but has not done so with the nearly two million rear-facing ones. If a child ends up getting injured or dying as a result of the company’s allegedly faulty car seats in Tennessee, it is within the rights of the family to file a suit against the company. A successful result may lead to financial damages that can help the family to address pain and suffering and cover other losses stemming from the tragedy.

Source: thecarconnection.com, “NHTSA May Sue Graco To Recall Faulty Rear-Facing Car Seats”, Richard Read, May 6, 2014

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