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Child booster seats pass safety test despite dangers

As a parent, you likely have the safety of your children foremost in your mind from the moment they wake up until you put them to bed. You are cautious to protect them from harm. Every product you purchase, including diapers, toys and food, must meet certain standards of safety.

While you and many Montana parents may follow some of these precautions instinctively, choosing a car seat is something that you do consciously and with great care. You may research different brands, ask other parents for recommendations and read the information on the packaging. Unfortunately, you may not be able to trust the information the manufacturer provides.

Can you trust the label?

Evenflo may be a name you trust for baby products. Therefore, you may feel confident purchasing a car seat or booster seat from that company. However, a recent report shows that this company and several others may be covering up a severe design flaw in their booster seats for kids who are graduating from car seats. Booster seats raise your child high enough to use the shoulder strap safety belts installed in your vehicle. You may be shocked to learn the following about those booster seats:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under 40 pounds should continue using harness straps, not shoulder straps.
  • Evenflo's own safety engineer apparently made the same 40-pound recommendation for harness straps.
  • Evenflo markets its booster seats, using only shoulder straps, for children as small as 30 pounds.
  • Video shows that when Evenflo performed safety tests on the boosters using the vehicle's existing shoulder strap, the impact flung the test dummy in severe angles that would cause catastrophic injuries to a child.
  • The company reportedly passed the booster seats anyway because the test dummy did not end up on the floor of the vehicle.
  • Evenflo's booster seats, and numerous other brands, now carry a label assuring you and other parents that the product was "side impact tested."

Currently, Evenflo and others are engaged in lawsuits involving parents whose children suffered devastating injuries, including paralyzing spinal cord injuries, while using booster seats and shoulder straps during side-impact collisions. Such cases potentially provide parents with compensation to support the ongoing medical needs of their children. They may also bring attention to the danger of defective product designs and deceptive marketing. If your child suffers injuries from a dangerous product, these may be your goals too. A skilled attorney can help you seek justice for your child.

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