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CHILD CAR SEAT DEFECTS

Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. Unintentional deaths of children 14 years old and younger are caused by motor vehicles. Having the proper booster child car seat drastically reduces injuries in auto accidents. The design and manufacturing process must be compliant or the manufacturer can be liable for injuries as a result of an accident.

At Hollingsworth and Mumen, we realize that manufacturers are at fault if there is an accident involving injuries and their design and manufacturing is proven non-compliant. Our investigation may reveal that there was a design or manufacturing flaw that show a non-compliant updated regulation. We know the methodology to uncover the truth and sustain and recover proper evidence to prove your case. The other details we look out for:
  • Non functioning handle
  • Weak construction
  • Flammable material
  • Base/shell separation
  • Defective harness
  • Sudden release
  • Failure to meet safety requirements
High back booster child car seats proven to be the safest. Vehicle accident-related injury reductions with children between ages of  4-8 years old becomes reduced by 45% with these booster high back child car seats.

2 of 12 child car seats fail severely in  tests performed by consumer reports.

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Register your child's car seat is a smart thing to do:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges you to register your child restraint with the manufacturer.

In the event of a safety recall all manufacturers are required to notify all registered owners by first class mail that their child restraint is included in the recall. Therefore, it is very important that the manufacturer of your child restraint has your current mailing address, and all of the information necessary to identify your child restraint. To register your child restraint you will need to provide the following information:

    Your Name

    Your current mailing address

    Manufacturer's Name (Example: Graco, Britax, Evenflo, Combi, etc.)

    Date of Manufacture (Example: Label says "Manufactured in" )

    Model Number (Example: 8643CDR2, 808688, 317147P1, etc.)

    Model Name (if known) (Example: Snugride, Centre EX, Embrace, etc.)

All manufacturers are required to include the model number and date of manufacture on each restraint they produce. It can be found on a label attached to the restraint (look on the rear, the bottom, or the side of the restraint). The image below is a sample of what a label may look like. Please note that the label on your child restraint may look different from this sample label. Send your registration form to:

U. S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Defects Investigation
Correspondence Research Division (NVS-216)
Room W48-301
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Fax: (202) 366-1767


Sources of compensation for child car seat injuries/losses 
  • Insurance companies
  • Lost wages if you take time off from your job,  to help your child recover and get medical care due to the  injuries from the accident. We may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation