Like car seats for babies, booster seats are designed to protect small children from injuries in auto accidents. And also like car seats, booster seats are legally required when transporting your child in a vehicle.
Unfortunately, booster seats are often found to be unsafe due to manufacturing or design defects or as a result of their difficulty of use and lack of clear instructions.
Common complaints about booster seats include:
- They are not crashworthy and don’t sufficiently protect children in the event of an auto accident
- Flammable upholstery material has been used, which can catch fire during an accident or due to unrelated causes
- Seats contain small pieces that could present choking hazards
- Lack of clear, easy to use documentation describing how to use the seat safely and effectively
Recent complaints have also been made alleging that booster seat manufacturers fail to point out the importance of fastening a booster seat even when it is not occupied, creating a situation in which an unsecured booster seat can become a projectile during an accident, causing serious injuries to the driver or passengers in the vehicle.
If someone you care about has been injured because of design, manufacturing, or documentation defects in a child booster seat, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can evaluate your defective product case and advise you as to the best way to proceed.