33,000 Car Seats Recalled
A recent article from the New York Times reported on the approximately 33,000 car seats currently being recalled by Combi USA. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) the restraining straps on certain car seat models from Combi USA could break in the event of a crash. Although the safety issues were originally discovered in 2012, Combi USA filed a petition to request being excused from recall. Their request was rejected, and the models in question are listed below.
Combi USA Recalls for 2014
• Coccoro: Model Number 8220, manufactured between 01/2009 – 12/2012
• Zeus Turn: Model Number 8815, manufactured between 07/2007 – 03/2009
• Zeus 360: Model number 8836, manufactured between 02/2009 – 05/ 2012
Keeping Children Safely Restrained
Safely restraining children in age and size-appropriate car seats is the best way to keep them safe during any trip. The NHTSA recommends rear-facing car seats for children under the age of one. Since rear-facing car seats are the safest option, they are even recommended for children up to the age of three, if the particular seat is age and size appropriate. The most important aspect of safely securing a child in a car seat is getting the right fit. Children who grow out of their current seats can be moved up to the next appropriate option. Typically, children between the ages of two and five will ride in forward-facing car seats. The next step is the booster seat, which is the safest choice for children until they are at least 57 inches tall.
Car Seat Safety Facts
• Car crashes are a leading killer of children ages one to 13.
• In 2011, 655 children under the age of 13 were killed in traffic crashes across America.
• More than one third of those children killed were unrestrained at the time of the crash.
• Car seats reduce the risk of death in infants involved in car wrecks by 71 percent.
• Car seats also reduce the risk of death in toddlers who are involved in car accidents by 54 percent.
After a Wreck
If your child has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you think that your car seat may have been defective during a crash, you need to file a complaint with the NHTSA as soon as possible, and address your concerns with your lawyer.