Recently, there has been a lot of attention focused on the potential safety hazards of child seats manufactured by Graco Children’s Products, Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now has opened an investigation into whether Graco handled the report of the potential defects in the child seats properly. The problem with the car seats involves the buckles on these car seats, which might get stuck in the latched position. These buckle defects could compromise the safety features of the car seat and place the child’s life in danger during an accident because it might not be possible to get the child out of the car seat quickly.
One of the worst things that can happen to a parent is to have a child injured or killed. However, when that injury or fatality could have been prevented, it is crucial to have attorneys who know how to gather the evidence to prove liability. The skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing strong cases that lead to compensation for the wrongs done to our clients.
The management of the investigation into the problems with the Graco car seats and their buckle systems might have been negligent, leading to unnecessary injuries to the children due to the delay. After the NHTSA placed pressure on the company to act in response to the defect, there were more than six million child seats recalled, which is the largest recall of child safety seats in the history of the United States. The current investigation into whether the recall was handled properly was based on potential delays in reporting the issue and taking appropriate action.
Pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, once a manufacturer has discovered a defect or evidence that should have placed the manufacturer on notice of the defect, the manufacturer must act within five days to notify the NHTSA about the problem. The present investigation into the Graco car seat recall involves the issue of whether the company failed to notify the NHTSA about the problem within the proper period of time. If there is evidence that there was a delay, then there is the potential for fines of up to $35 million. However, there are many other cases that could arise out of the defect if there are children who were secured in a Graco car seat, were involved in an accident, and were injured or killed because of the defective buckles.
When a child has been harmed, it is imperative to do everything possible to identify and hold accountable the people who were responsible for the injury. In the event of a car accident, this may include the other driver, as well as manufacturers who placed defective products in the marketplace and did not respond properly after discovering the defect. In analyzing the case, skilled car accident attorneys understand how to demonstrate liability against multiple parties in order to get justice for innocent victims.
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