Dorel Car Seat Recall
Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling tens of thousands of its popular Maxi Cosi car seat after learning that when the car seat is installed in the forward-facing position, belt installation could lead to a child’s head injury. Here is what you need to know about the latest car recall news.
What Products Were Recalled?
Dorel Juvenile is recalling approximately 83,000 car seats. The recalled car seats only include the Maxi Cosa Pria 85 convertible car seat. This seat is designed for use for children between 14 and 85 pounds. It is certified for use with all labeled installation methods in both rear-facing and front-facing modes for children up to 65 pounds.
Why Were They Recalled?
The car seat recall is due to an issue that may not adequately protect a child from injury in case of a car accident. If the seat is installed in the forward-facing position using only the lap belt, a child may injure their head in case of a crash unless the seat is also installed with the top tether. As such, the car seats fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
What To Do If Your Car Seat Was Recalled
At the time of publication, there has been no established remedy to fix the problem. Dorel Juvenile is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine the scope of the problem and determine a proper remedy. In the meantime, you can contact Dorel customer service at 1-877-657-9546 or by email at Pria85recall@djgusa.com. You can also register your car seat to stay informed about the recall. If your child was injured in a recalled car seat, reach out to an experienced product liability lawyer.
Car Seat Safety
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 608 children ages 12 and younger died, and another 91,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes for the most recent year for which this data is available. During the year, 27 percent of children younger than four were not buckled up.
The CDC says that putting children in age- and size-appropriate car seats can reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries. Car seat use reduces the risk for injury up to 82 percent for children, compared to only using a seat belt. It recommends that children be buckled in a rear-facing car seat with a harness in the back seat until they reach the manufacturer’s maximum weight or height limit for the car seat. Then, children should be placed in a forward-facing car seat until they are at least 5 years old and reach the seat’s maximum weight or height limit.
At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we fight to protect the rights of people who are injured by dangerous products. We know you want to keep you and your children safe by using seat belts and car seats. When a company neglects its duty to make safe products and you’re injured as a result, a product liability attorney can help. When our client was in a rollover accident and the seatbelt failed to protect his head, we achieved a $55.3 million jury verdict for him. We will fight just as hard for you.
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