Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 447,000 of its infant car seat carriers including some that are branded with Eddie Bauer, Cosco and Disney logos. According to an Associated Press news report, there have been dozens of reports of the car seat carrier’s handle coming loose and causing injuries to young children. There have been at least three injuries to babies including bumps, bruises and a head injury. So far, the company has also received 77 reports of the child restraint handle fully or partially coming off. Federal officials are warning consumers who own these products to immediately stop using the seat’s carrying handle. The breakage is apparently caused by the defective bolts that attach the handle to the seat. This can cause the handle to detach and create a fall hazard for infants.
Car Seat Carrier Recall Involves Several Brands
This product defect recall involves the following brands — Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney. They were made in China and sold at retailers nationwide from January 2008 to December 2009. The recall was issued jointly by the company, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Consumers are warned against using these products until new screws that are included in a free repair kit from the manufacturer, can be attached to the seat carriers. Officials are saying that the car seat is, however, safe for use in a vehicle because it meets federal safety standards. The strollers, which were sold with these car seats, are not affected by the recall.
Similar Recalls in Recent Months
This is not the first product safety recall for Dorel this year. The company has issued similar defective product recalls for Maxi-Cosi Mico infant seats, Safety 1st SmartLight stair gates and Eddie Bauer Soothe, and Sway play yards that posed a suffocation hazard for babies.
Products Liability Issues
I’m pleased that Dorel promptly reported problems and complaints about this car seat carrier to CPSC, which facilitated this important recall. However, the company should begin seriously evaluating its quality control procedures, especially for these products that are manufactured overseas. Dorel is not the only company that faces such a challenge. A number of companies that manufacture children’s products including toys, cribs, pacifiers and other items have had to deal with similar issues.
These products are manufactured in China for a reason. It’s a lot cheaper for the manufacturer. That said, it is up to the manufacturer or the distributor to make sure that these products meet U.S. safety standards. We count on car seats to keep our little ones safe in the event of a car accident. We count on a handle to remain attached to a car seat when we transport our young ones. This product defect apparently has the potential to cause serious injuries including head injuries. If your child has been injured as a result of this defective product, please consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled products liability cases, and find out more about your legal rights and options.
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