The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that child car seat maker Graco Children’s Products agreed to pay $10 million after delaying a recall that left consumers vulnerable to child injury, The New York Times reported on March 20.
The car seats feature a seat belt found to be defective, as it becomes difficult to quickly release in emergency situations.
The seat manufacturer is forced to pay a $3 million fine and to spend another $7 million on programs to improve child safety. The penalty was in light of an investigation launched in December by federal regulators to see if the company should have announced an earlier recall. Documents revealed Graco learned about the defective buckle issue in 2009 but did not announce a recall until February last year, and only did so then under pressure from the NHTSA.
The negligence of a child safety product manufacturer to issue a safety recall might increase the risk of injurious, sometimes even fatal incident. To learn more about taking legal action after your child has been hurt by a defective child safety product in Atlanta, a lawyer at the Ausband & Dumont can answer your queries. Call us at (404) 812-0051 for a free case consultation today.