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Child car seat manufacturer Recaro has issued a defective product recall for more than 40,000 car seats, which could result in head injuries.
According to a news report in Tech Times, the company is recalling the car seats after it discovered that the child’s head would not be secured in the event of a crash.
So far, company officials say, they do not know about any injuries as a result of the ProSport Child Safety Seats that have been recalled.
Potential for Severe Injuries
The recall involves the ProSport Model 385 car seats made between June 2010 and January 2013. The issue with these car seats is that when a collision occurs, the car seat does not secure the head of a child.
This could allow the head to move too much resulting in serious head injuries or traumatic brain injuries.
The company says if parents use both the latch belt and the top tether, this issue could be rectified. But it is issuing the recall as a precaution and delivering a repair kit with a letter informing customers about the issue at hand.
According to the company, these car seats “failed to meet required head excursion limits set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when tested with a 52 pound, 6-year old dummy and installed with a LATCH belt only, no top tether.”
Closed Head Injuries
Based on this news report, it appears that children who use these car seats are in danger of suffering closed head injuries.
The damage in such cases occurs when the traumatic incident such as a collision causes the brain to move forward and back or from side to side in such a way that it collides with the bony skull around it.
This jarring movement bruises the brain tissue, damage nerve cells and tears blood vessels.
Understanding Your Rights
If you own one of these car seats, it is important that you obtain the repair kit and fix the problem right away. Do not stop using the car seat. Any car seat is safer than no car seat at all. If you can obtain an alternate safe car seat until to repair your recalled car seat, that is a good option to take.
If your child has been seriously injured as a result of these or other defective car seats, it is important that you contact an experienced product liability lawyer who has successfully handled cases against product manufacturers.
The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.