$10 Million Civil Penalty Against Graco
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding a $10 million civil penalty being brought against well-known car seat manufacturer Graco. According to the press release, Graco will pay $3 million to U.S. Treasury and $7 million for new steps to improve child safety after failing to launch a timely recall of defective car seats.
Failing to Protect Precious Cargo
Children, babies, infants, and toddlers are arguably the most precious cargo on the road. Parents and caregivers count on car seats to perform as promised. Understandably, with any type of manufacturing, things can go wrong. A mechanical and human error can account for a wide variety of potential problems in just about any manufacturing plant. This isn’t why Graco is in hot water. Graco has been slapped with the civil penalties because they failed to launch a recall as swiftly as possible.
Defective Auto Parts in 2014
Sadly, Graco isn’t the only automotive safety manufacturer to drag their feet about issuing recalls. In the last year, we’ve seen problems related to deadly ignition switches and exploding airbags. One problem after another, and each time we see manufacturers failing to take appropriate steps in a timely manner.
Holding Manufacturers Accountable
Hopefully, this multi-million-dollar civil penalty will send a message to other parts and safety seat manufacturers across the country. If you fail to protect consumers by delaying potentially life-saving recalls, you will be held accountable for your actions. If manufacturers thought recalls were expensive, wait until they’re slapped with penalties for failing to comply with federal safety regulations. In the past, many manufacturers were able to somehow get a pass or slide under the radar for waiting on recalls. With more press and information availability, that’s just not the case anymore.
Dangerous Products in California
Recalls can take months, if not years to happen. Dangerous, defective and faulty products could be available to consumers in California and across the nation. If you think an auto part of child safety seat is defective, you need to report it to the NHTSA and manufacturer immediately.