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Car Seat Safety Study Highlights Unbuckling Risk

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A new study has found that the majority of children’s car seat designs are unable to prevent children from unbuckling themselves. Children who unbuckle themselves from car seats risk catastrophic injury and even death, as car crashes are the leading killer of children between the ages of 4 and 8.

Free Children’s Car Seat Case Evaluation: If your child or other loved one has been injured because of a defective car or booster seat, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

May 25, 2011 – According to a new study conducted by researchers from Yale School of Medicine, car seat designs are unable to stop more than 50 percent of all children from unbuckling themselves.

The research, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academy Societies in Denver, found that children who unbuckle themselves are at a 3.5-fold increased risk of suffering a serious injury in an automobile accident. The study involved information provided by 378 parents, most of whom had reported a child unbuckling themselves – often while the vehicle was in motion – on at least one occasion. In three-quarters of those incidents, the child was three years old or younger. The youngest children that were reported to unbuckle themselves were about one year old.

In addition to the risk of a child unbuckling a car seat safety belt, research has found that approximately 75% of parents are either installing the devices incorrectly or do not have their child strapped in properly. The new information has led researchers to conclude that more studies need to be conducted to find better car seat designs that would prevent a child from self-unbuckling.

Child Car Seat Safety Statistics

  • Nationwide, approximately 1000 child occupants under 14 years of age die as a result of a motor vehicle incident.
  • Children secured in safety seats have an 80% lower risk of being fatally injured than those who are unrestrained.
  • In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of car seats showed at least one critical misuse.
  • The most common forms of misuse for all car seats included loose vehicle seat belt attachment to the device and loose harness straps securing the child to the car seat.
  • Avoid purchasing safety seats from yard sales, flea markets and second hand stores or when there is no known history of the seat.

Do I have a Child Car Seat Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in defective car seat lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.

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