“Complying with minimum standards doesn’t mean the car seat is safe,” shared Partner Stewart Eisenberg in a recent interview with 6-ABC’s Nydia Han.
Stewart Eisenberg is representing a family that suffered the tragic death of a four-month-old baby who was properly restrained in a rear facing car seat during a low speed collision where no one else in the car was seriously injured.
The child was in a car seat that only had a seat belt that went across the baby’s shoulders (a 3-point harness) and allowed her head to come in contact with the hard plastic handle used to carry the child when a parent uses this type of car seat as a baby carrier. Unfortunately the four-month-old was in such a car seat which meets only minimal federal standards instead of one that Safety Experts recommend which restrains the infant’s waist and hips, as well as the shoulders in what’s called a 5-point harness.
The family has filed a lawsuit claiming the car seat was defectively designed and unsafe due to its lack of a 5-point restraint, the handle being in a position where it could contact the baby’s head during a crash, and the company’s failure to provide adequate padding and a more substantial, closely fitting, and secure car seat for the baby.