The safety of a child is the most important thing for any parent, and safety is particularly top of mind when it comes to choosing a car seat. However, with the boom of online shopping and third-party sellers, experts have begun to warn of an explosion of untested and uncertified car seats, The Washington Post recently reported.
Although these products have been labeled as car seats, there is no indication that they have ever been tested. In fact, some are even missing essential elements to keep a child safe while buckled in.
It may be tempting to buy cheaper (but possibly untested) products, but parents should know that a growing number of counterfeit car seats have been sold online through third-party marketplace retailers such as eBay and Amazon, even Walmart, The Post reported.
If you’re in the market for a new car seat, purchasing a cheaper model might not be worth the risk.
What to Look for in a Child Car Seat
Whether you’re expecting your first child or shopping for your toddler, car seats are designed for comfort, safety, and peace of mind for every parent. Federal regulations require all car seat manufacturers to prove their car seats have passed all of the mandatory tests.
- When buying a car seat, it’s important that you choose one that’s right for your child’s height and weight.
- Next, you will want to make sure that you test a few in your car before you make a final decision. Most retailers understand the importance of testing a car seat prior to purchasing and may accommodate you in this step of the process.
- You might also want to consider how you will be using the car seat. If you’re a family that is always on the go, you may be better suited to find a lightweight car seat that you will be able to transport easily.
- Also, be sure to double-check that the car seat is on the American Academy of Pediatrics list, as it only contains car seats that have met all federal motor vehicle safety standards and have been approved for use.
Types of Child Car Seat Injuries
Auto accidents are one of the biggest threats to children and their safety. Car crash injuries are the leading cause of death among all children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If they are defectively designed or manufactured, the same car seats that are supposed to protect your child can lead to unnecessary injury and sometimes death. Children are just as vulnerable to the same type of car accident injuries as adults, but due to their small size, children often suffer much more serious injuries.
Some of the most common child car seat injuries include spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, seat-belt syndrome, whiplash, lacerations, and fractures.
Need Legal Advice? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Although compensation for a child’s injuries is the last thing on your mind after a serious crash, it’s important to understand the rights you have under the law. If your child has been hurt in a crash, call The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian today to get the legal advice you need.
Even if you aren’t sure whether you need a personal injury attorney, we will provide a free, no-obligation consultation so that we can carefully review your case and discuss the legal options available to you. Your child’s recovery is our top priority.