June 16, 2011 – A 2009 recall has recently been expanded to include 375,000 Circo child booster seats sold at Target because of a defective restraint that could allow a child to fall out and hurt themselves. The expanded recall was initiated after Target received at least 10 reports of the seat belts accidentally opening, resulting in several child injuries. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled booster seats and return them to any Target store for a full refund.
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What’s the problem?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the original Target booster seat recall was initiated in August 2009, but was expanded on June 15 because of at least 10 reports of the seat belts opening unexpectedly. To date, no fewer than a half dozen injuries have been linked to the defective products.
The expanded recall involves some 375,000 Circo booster seats, all of which were sold at Target stores since 2005 for about $13. The seats are blue and green with a white plastic buckle, and are designed to attach to an adult chair and elevate a child so they can sit at a table. The words ‘Circo’ and ‘Booster Seat’ are printed in green on the front of the seats.
CPSC recommends that parents immediately stop using the recalled booster seats with children and return the defective products to any Target store for a full refund.
Child Vehicle Passenger Safety Statistics
- 1,335 children under the age of 14 died as occupants in car accidents in 2005. 184,000 were injured.
- An average of four children are killed in motor vehicle crashes each day in the United States.
- Approximately 25 percent of children killed in car crashes involve a drunk driver. More than two-thirds of these were riding with an intoxicated driver.
- Car seats and booster seats are often installed incorrectly. One recent study found that nearly three quarters of observed car and booster seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash.
Car Booster Seat Safety Tips
Parents should always be sure to use a booster seat with the vehicle lap and shoulder safety belt until the child passes the Safety Belt Fit Test. Standard seat belts are designed to fit an average-sized adult, so children need a car seat or booster until they are at least four feet nine inches tall and weight between 80 and 100 pounds. Most children will be between the ages of eight and 12 years old before they meet these requirements. Other useful tips on using child booster seats include:
- always use a booster seat correctly in the back seat
- be sure booster seats are installed correctly – they sit on the vehicle seat and are used to properly position the adult seat belt for an older child
- never place the seat belt under the child’s arm or behind the back
- instruct all drivers who transport your child that booster seats must be in use at all times when the vehicle is in motion
- never leave children alone in a vehicle
Do I have a Target Circo Child Booster Seat Recall Lawsuit?
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