The federal government announced on December 1 that it would investigate Graco Children’s Products to determine if the company delayed a recall of more than six million child safety seats.
The recall, which Graco initially resisted, is related to defective restraining strap buckles. The buckles can be difficult to unlatch in an emergency, making it hard for parents to remove their children from a vehicle. The company said that the issue presented no safety hazard and blamed it on children spilling food or drink on the buckles. The government claimed the issue was a foreseeable safety hazard.
GoldenbergLaw’s Minneapolis personal injury lawyers have decades of experience with defective product cases. Those involving children are especially tragic.
Defective products are unacceptable, and we’re pleased to see federal regulators investigating a company to determine if more could have been done.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, company documents indicate that Graco knew about the issue in 2009. Under federal law, companies must inform the relevant regulators of a product defect within five days of discovering the defect. The seat recall was not issued until 2014 after intense pressure from the government.
Our personal injury lawyers will keep a close eye on any developments in this case.
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