Car Seat Defect Attorneys New Jersey
NJ Car Accident Lawyers with $320+ Million in Verdicts and Settlements
Child safety seats (otherwise known as booster seats) are critical to the safety of young children involved in motor vehicle accidents. According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 35 percent of children who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. Further, an estimated 46 percent of car and booster seats are misused in a manner that could reduce their safety effectiveness, thus exposing the child to a heightened risk of injury. Given the importance of child booster seats in ensuring safety, one can have a false impression that their child is safe so long as a child booster seat has been installed. This is not necessarily the case, however. Defective child booster seats often lead to significant injury or even death.
According to a report by SafeKids.org, in 2014 more than six million car seats were recalled for a safety defect.
If your child has suffered injuries as the result of a defective car seat in Mount Olive, Bayonne, Howell Township, or anywhere else in NJ, you may be entitled to recover damages on their behalf, pursuant to New Jersey law. Here at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, we are committed to providing cutting-edge legal representation to injury victims and their families in a range of litigation, including motor vehicle accidents that involve car seat defects. In fact, over the past five years alone, we have secured over $320 million in damages for our injured clients. Contact our offices today to speak with an experienced attorney about your claims.
New Jersey Car Seat Defects Can Cause Injuries
If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and you are interested in pursuing a car seat defect claim against the defendant-manufacturer, then you will not only have to show that there was a car seat defect, but also that the defect itself actually caused the injuries at issue (or at least substantially contributed to such injuries).
For example, suppose that your child is injured in a motor vehicle accident while seated in a booster seat where the belt was faulty. Depending on the nature of the accident, you may have a car seat defect claim. However, if your child is injured by debris that broke through the car window, then it will be rather difficult to show that the faulty belt was responsible for the injuries at issue. On the other hand, if your child was injured by falling out of the seat, then you may have a potentially strong claim against the manufacturer.
What Constitutes an Automotive Defect?
In the product liability context, a defect exposes intended/foreseeable users to an unreasonable risk of harm, given the circumstances. If your child has been injured due to problems with the car seat, then you may have a car seat defect claim — so long as you can show that there was a heightened and unreasonable risk of injury due to some aspect of the product.
Car seat defects include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Defective restraints (i.e., handles, latches, etc.)
- Unexpected release of restraint
- Poor construction leading to breaking and/or other defects
- Ineffective design
- Use of dangerous materials (i.e., brittle, high likelihood of shattering, flammable, etc.)
- Inadequate absorption of impact forces
- Failure to properly instruct users on safe installation of the car seat
- And more
Regardless of whether the product has been recalled due to the defect, you may still have a legitimate car seat defect claim. That’s why you should be sure to get connected to an experienced defective products attorney who will properly evaluate the potential for litigation in your case.
Contact Blume Forte Today to Request a Free Consultation regarding Your Defective Car Seat Claim
Since 1929, Blume Forte has advocated on behalf of injured clients throughout the state of New Jersey, including Chatham, Jersey City, North Bergen, and Sea Girt. We are committed to our clients and believe that personalized, engaged representation is critical to success in difficult car accident lawsuits, particularly those involving product defect claims. Manufacturers have substantial resources with which to prolong and complicate your legal battle. As such, it’s important that you work with a team of skilled NJ product liability attorneys who have a reputation as effective, aggressive litigators and who have the background and skill necessary to navigate the difficulties associated with product defect litigation in New Jersey.
Your claims have an expiration date, so be sure to get in touch with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Contact our offices today for a free consultation with one of our car seat defect attorneys. We will assess your claims and determine how best to move forward with litigation.