With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the unofficial start to summer is upon us. With the beautiful warm weather upon us many of us are eager to go on a road trip, do some spring cleaning, or participate in outdoor activities or festivities. Regardless of how you decide to spend your time this summer, you should not have to fear injury due to a defective product.
For more than 33 years, the products liability attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm have worked to protect those injured due to a failure to warn, a design defect or a manufacturing defect. We handle each and every step of your civil action so that you can focus on your recovery. When you work with an experienced The Reiff Law Firm attorney you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Beware of Your Child’s Car Seat When you Head Out on A Road Trip
The family road trip is a tried and true American tradition. Despite complaints from the children, parents across the country plan road trips to near-by destinations like Six Flags Great Adventure, Dorney Park, and the Jersey Shore. However unlike the old days in the 1960s, 70s and 80s where the kids would simply pile into the back of a station wagon, young children should always be seated in an appropriate harness or car seat. However, parents should also stay apprised of safety notices and recalls published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or National Highway Traffic Safety (NTSB). Recalls for past model years may be issued subsequent to your purchase. If you failed to register your product, you may not receive any notification that defects have been uncovered.
On February 7, 2014 and again in March 2014, Graco informed the NTSB that it was recalling about 3.8 million car seats. Years impacted include models produced in 2009 through 2013 such as:
- Comfort Sport
- Classic Ride 50
- Nautilus Elite
- My Ride 65
- My Ride with Safety Surround
- My Ride 70
- Size 4 Me 70
- Smart Seat
- Cozy Cline
Additionally impacted are seats produced from 2006 to 2014 such as the Ready Ride Step 2, Argos 70 Elite, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Smart Seat with Safety Surround, and Nautilus Plus. All of these models are plagued by a defect which impacts the harness buckle. In certain situations the buckle’s button can become stuck while latched thereby rendering the latch release button ineffective.
While your child being trapped in a car seat is certainly a frightening ordeal for the child and parent, the most serious risk is when the vehicle must be exited promptly. In the case of a vehicle collision, a mechanical defect, or when the vehicle leaves the roadway it can be necessary to exit the vehicle quickly. Similarly, if the vehicle has overheated, a fire could occur. The inability to quickly remove your child from the car seat can significantly increase the likelihood of serious injury or wrongful death.
Unfortunately the Graco recall is merely a single instance of a car seat defect. In April 2014, Evenflow also announced a recall of car seats due to problems with the latch becoming jammed. Affected products include:
- Momentum 65(LX and DLX models)
- Chase (LX, DLX, and Select models)
- Symphony (65, LX, 65 E3 and DLX)
- Snugli Booster
- Snugli All-in-One
- SureRide DLX
- Titan 65
- Secure Kid (LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400)
Like with the Graco recall, the Evenflow recall’s main danger is the buckle becoming jammed when the vehicle occupants need to exit quickly. This defect increases the likelihood that a serious injury could occur. Additionally, parents should be wary of all products that their children use. If you have an infant or small child please see our recent discussion of the defective Nap Nanny.
Yard-Work Made Deadly by Defective Products
Whether you are opening your pool for the season or cutting your lawn, the tools you use to make your job more efficient should not significantly increase your risk of injury. Unfortunately recent recalls announced by the CPSC unveils a lawn mower and pool filter that do exactly that.
In the instance of the lawnmower, this recall supplements the already announced May 2012 recall of Exmark Quest ZRT Riding Mowers. This new recall announced on May 15, 2014, concerns the mower’s steering assembly for 2009 and 2010 models. The steering assembly is known to fail which can result in drivers being unable to steer the vehicle. This defect increases the likelihood of a crash, collision or other injury. In fact, 9 incidents with the mower have been reported including one back injury. Owners of the mower are advised to discontinue use and to contact the manufacturer for repairs.
Further, on May 29, 2014, a recall of the Trident Series 2 Ultraviolet Sanitation System was announced. There have been 38 reports of the system melting or catching on fire due to a defect in the system. From these 38 reported incidents, one burn injury has been reported along with roughly $23,000 in property damage. Those with this system are recommended to power-off or disconnect it until it can be repaired.
If you have suffered an injury due to a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a failure to warn the attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm can work to secure compensation for your injuries. We handle each step of your case including obtaining evidence, participating in settlement negotiations, and taking the case to trial. For your free initial defective products consultation call (215) 246-9000 today or contact us online.