How Booster Seat Defects Affect Child Seat Belt Safety
A booster seat is meant to provide children with the additional height need to allow them to take advantage of a vehicle’s seat belts. However, if a booster seat does not properly adjust the seat belts on a vehicle to fit a child’s size, the child may be endangered by this defect. Instead, a child may be improperly buckled in and may actually sustain additional injuries because of the seat belt.
If your child has been hurt by a defective booster seat, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation to address related damages. Contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 for additional information regarding your full range of legal options as the parent of an injured child.
The Dangers of Defective Booster Seats
A child’s seat belt needs to be adjusted in such a way to match a child’s smaller stature if that child is using a booster seat in a car. These seats often allow parents to adjust the belt’s placement, giving that child the full safety benefits of wearing a seat belt.
These belts should be adjusted to follow these safety recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
- The seat belt should not go directly around a child’s lap
- Instead, the seat belt should rest on the child’s upper legs
- The seat belt should not go near the child’s neck
- The seat belt should not go near the child’s arm
- Instead, the seat belt should tighten around the child’s shoulder
While these adjustments may seem like minor points, they can significantly influence the severity of injuries sustained in a car accident. If a defective booster seat does not provide the proper seat belt alignment, legal action may be appropriate.
If your family has been shaken by an injury that would have been avoided by a properly designed booster seat, we can help you to hold the manufacturer accountable. Contact the Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.