Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.

Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.

Injuries Caused by Defective Products

According to a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009, 1,314 children ages 14 and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and about 179,000 were injured. A CDC study found that in one year, 618,000 children ages 0 to 12 rode in vehicles without using child safety seats, or booster seats or seatbelts, some of the time.

Thousands of children are injured every year as a result of dangerous or defective nursery products that include child safety car seats. In 2010, 81,700 children 5 years old and under were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with nursery products. Between 2006 and 2008, 304 children in that age group died from injuries associated with nursery products.

Product Liability Issues

Victims injured by defective products can seek compensation from the negligent manufacturers for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one as the result of a defective product, you can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, loss of love and companionship, and pain and suffering. An experienced products liability lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.