Quick Answers to Your Top Questions About Injuries in Texas
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How do I know if my child’s car seat has been recalled?
Many parents spend as much time researching the best infant car seat to buy as they do deciding on a name. Reading reviews, comparison shopping, and checking out features all go in to buying that first piece of safety equipment for a new baby. The question is, what do you do next? Once the baby arrives and you buckle her safely in, you can check car seat off your to-do list, right? Wrong—the next step is crucial.
Why You Should Register Your Car Seat
In order to stay informed of important information about the car seat you purchased, including any possible safety recalls and what to do about it, it is essential that you register your car seat purchase. You can do this in one of the following three ways:
- Register on the car seat manufacturer’s website. You will need the seat’s model number and date of manufacture found on the seat’s label.
- Mail in the manufacturer’s registration card. The card already includes identifying information about the seat and does not require postage.
Once you have registered your car seat, you will receive notification if the seat is involved in a recall and what to do to fix or replace the seat.
Why This Is So Important
In 2014, over six million car seats were recalled for a safety defect, but fewer than half of the owners actually responded to the recall to have the seat fixed. Even if you hear about a recall on the news, with so many makes and models out there, how can you be sure your seat is included in the recall? Take the quick and easy step of registering your car seat and you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child’s seat is safe.
What is a defectively designed product?
When the design of a product is inherently dangerous or defective, the product was defectively designed and can lead to a claim brought by injured parties. These claims would be brought against the party who designed the product, not the manufacturer, because the danger did not arise from an error or mishap that occurred during the manufacturing process. Instead, the claim is based on the theory that all of the products in the line are inherently dangerous. These products are dangerous even though they were manufactured properly, in according to the correct specifications.
Three Types of Defectively Designed Products
Now that you understand the legal definition of a defectively designed product, it is important to understand what defectively designed products look like in real life. The following are three examples:
- A car model that is likely to flip over when rounding a corner.
- A pair of sunglasses that fails to protect eyes from ultraviolet rays.
- A line of electric blankets that leads to electrocution of the user if it is turned up to the “high” setting.
In order to succeed in a claim for a defectively designed product, you must be able to show that your injury was specifically caused by the defective design. For example, if you are driving a care that is prone to flipping over, but you are injured because you were involved in a crash with another vehicle, you will not succeed in a defective design claim unless you can show that the crash was caused by the car being in the process of flipping at the time of the crash.
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How safe is it to get a child toy weapons for Christmas?
Every year, parents have to cope with the idea of buying their children toys that could do harm. One of the most sought-after classes of toys is plastic weapons that are meant to help children pretend to fight like superheroes. While some of these toys are perfectly safe, others have the potential to do real—or even permanent—damage, including:
- Bows. The popularity of fantasy movies and games has led to an uptick in archery-themed toys. Sets of bows and arrows may have projectiles made of wood, foam, or plastic, hurling them with varying degrees of force—posing a serious risk of impalement or eye injuries. In additions, a bow string can become caught around a child’s neck, increasing the risk of strangulation.
- Handheld weapons. Axes, hammers, swords, clubs, and other handheld weaponry can cause serious damage even if it is used as it is intended. Children may assume that a toy version of a hammer is safe to use, but it can still break a bone or cause a head injury if swung with too much force.
- Guns. Toy guns carry all of the projectile risks of a bow, but also the added danger that it may be mistaken for a real firearm. Children who were carrying plastic guns that looked real from a distance have been shot and even killed by law officers.
If you are considering buying your child a toy weapon this Christmas, you should examine the item carefully for any potential dangers. Small parts that come away from the item (such as projectiles) can easily be swallowed. Make sure the toy is well made and will not break easily and expose your child to sharp plastic or rough edges.
If your child is injured by a defective product, you should always save the item and its pieces for examination by an attorney. Our lawyers can use the toy as evidence to get you and your family the compensation you deserve after an injury. Click the contact link on this page to find out how we can help.