Graco Car Seats Recalled
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. A recall has been announced for particular model numbers of the Graco My Ride 65 convertible car seats that were manufactured between May 20, 2014 and August 1, 2014. The recall is expected to affect around 25,000 of the defective car seats due to faulty harness webbing.
Models Affected by the Recall
The affected models are as follows: 1794334, 1813015, 1813074, 1853478, 1871689, 1872691, 1877535 and 1908152. A tag is located on these car seats that will show a 2014/06 code attached to the recalled seats. Graco will be notifying the owners of the convertible car seats. Replacement harnesses will be provided to customers for free by dealers. July 17, 2017 is the date that has been scheduled to begin the recall.
Why the Current Harness Could Be Dangerous
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the harnesses on these particular car seats do not conform to Safety Standard number 213 of federal standards required for restraint systems for children. Testing conducted by the agency showed that the webbing used in the defective car seats may increase the risk of injury because they might not restrain a child adequately. According to the company, one batch of the webbing was found to be the problem. Those with these seats in their possession can call Graco on their customer service line at 1-888-327-4236 or TTY 1-800-424-9153, and they will send out a replacement kit. They also offer a replacement form that is located on their website.
Product Liability Law
When people purchase products, they expect them to be safe. Product liability arises when a product causes injury. This may be due to a defect in design or manufacturing, problems with the materials used or errors somewhere along the manufacturing and distribution chain. This includes products that are purchased in a store, such as food products, an automobile with defective parts, defective tools such as chainsaws and products commonly used in homes, such as a water heater or dishwasher. Products liability also extends to medicines and medical devices such as defective knee or hip replacements.
Steps a Company Can Take to Alert Consumers
Product liability lawsuits can occur when a company knows about a defect and fails to warn owners. It is important that consumers know about the warning. In the case of the recalled Graco car seats, the company is warning owners of the car seats through the dealers that the webbing is defective and providing replacement webbing. The company has also provided identifying numbers for the car seats. By doing this, Graco is using the ID tags to avoid missing a customer or someone who bought the car seat second-hand. Parents should be alert to recalls, and check often to make sure an item they use is not on the list.
Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento products liability lawyer. Products liability can be a complex area to navigate, and contacting the company yourself may not resolve the issue. Instead, calling an experienced products liability lawyer for help is a good idea if you or a family member has been injured by a defective product. Call me at 916-921-6400. I offer advice that is free and friendly.
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