Child Passenger Safety Risks Prompt Recaro Car Seat Recall

by William Mattar | September 25th, 2015

With the announcement of “Child Passenger Safety Week” last week and the recent launch of our “Buckle Your Belt” contest, the staff at William Mattar Law Offices is focused on child passenger safety. That’s why we want to let you know about a recent Recaro car seat recall.

A year and a half ago, reports began to surface that a piece used to restrain certain models of Recaro child safety seats broke during testing. The results prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to request Recaro to recall the seats and correct the problem.

Recaro resisted, and company officials insisted they provided consumers with ample warning not to depend on the seat’s tether strap—used to help keep it from lurching forward in the event of a crash—if the child weighs more than 52 pounds. If the child in the seat weighs more than that, the vehicle’s seat belt, rather than the tether strap, should be used to secure the seat.

Regulators stated the warnings weren’t enough and corrective action should be taken. According to The New York Times, Recaro announced a recall earlier this month.

The security of a car seat is vital when it comes to child passenger safety. That’s why the Buffalo car accident injury lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices encourage all parents to have safety or booster seats inspected to make sure they are properly installed.