Infant Safety in Carseats & Infant Motion Seats
New parents have a lot of research to do in order to select all the gear to keep their baby safe and content. It can be overwhelming to pick which models of car seat and which types of infant soothers such as infant motion seats with sound/vibration that soothe baby to nap.One way to simplify this process is to check any used baby gear you get on consignment or passed down has not been through a safety recall. It’s a good practice to use these terms with plus signs in a search engine Year, Model, Manufacturer, Specific Name of Item (for IE: Soothing Motions Infant Seat 2015 to 2017, Fisher Price). If you or a loved one has been harmed using an unsafe product, call an attorney, like a personal injury lawyer Chicago IL relies on, today.
If you followed this safety advice on the above example, you would have learned that Fisher Price recalled Soothing Motions 63,000 seats because the motor housing was found to smoke when overheating and present a fire risk. It’s common for even reputable, expensive brands like Maclaren to have design flaws in popular products. Between 1999 and 2009 over one million umbrella-fold strollers were recalled once it was found the exposed hinge mechanism could present a risk of injury or amputation of fingers. The recall includes all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The models involved include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
Even products such as car seats that have been through many safety tests can be unsafe if not properly installed or used correctly. Select car seats with a five-point harness system to keep children properly secured in the car seats. Many fire stations offer safety checks of carseats and you can look online for guidelines at which age or weight the seats should be switched from infant (generally up to babies 6 to 8 mos. old) to larger convertible seats. Children should be rear-facing in car seats in the back seat of the car. If possible, the seat should be anchored using the LATCH safety harness system and in the middle of the seats to be in the most safe position.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has the contact information for many infant product recalls. If you or a loved one has safety concerns about a product call a product liability lawyer today.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian for their insight into infant safety in car seats.