Bottles, formula, diapers, and… manufacturer recalls?
Yes, these are the things on new parents’ minds. Babies require a never-ending parade of products, and it seems that everyone has an opinion about which ones should get a gold star or a “stay away” warning.
Babies are especially sensitive consumers. They may not always know what they’re using or why, but they’re much more vulnerable to product defects than the rest of us.
The wrong kind of plastic or an easily broken attachment can prove worrisome or dangerous, so parents must remain vigilant in screening shower gifts and following up on baby safety products to ensure there aren’t any recalls in place.
Indeed, manufacturer recalls are extremely common in baby product lines. That is particularly true when it comes to infant car seats. Each month seems to trigger a new list of car seats to take back for replacement or repair.
That’s not always a bad thing. While we tend to think of product recalls as “bad news,” if manufacturers identify a problem early enough, they can actually save lives at no personal expense and with only a little bit of hassle.
Below, we’ll explain how to handle a baby product recall and cover a few helpful infant car seat safety tips.
How to Handle an Infant Car Seat Recall
An infant car seat recall typically entitles you to a repair, replacement, refund, or trade-in at no cost. Act on any recall immediately. While some recalls do not necessarily reflect an emergency situation, you should always exercise the utmost caution.
In the event that you must wait a short period of time before receiving the defect-free replacement—and there is no imminent danger—experts recommend continuing to use the existing car seat while minimizing travel time as much as possible. Under no circumstances should you allow a baby to travel outside of an approved restraint.
Infant Car Seat Safety Tips
Keep the following helpful hints in mind to make sure your baby stays safe and sound:
- Always read a baby product’s instruction manual carefully before beginning use.
- Car seats have expiration dates. Most of these products aren’t made to last forever, so make sure you replace any expired seats in your car.
- Used car seats are best avoided whenever possible. If you must buy used, make sure that the original parts are in tact, that the seat isn’t expired, and that there is no accident history.
- Check every part of the car seat on a regular basis. It’s possible for defects to show up after a while, and parents may not notice them without careful inspection.
- Check for new infant car seat recalls at least monthly.
- Never allow your infant to ride in any vehicle without a car seat, and always follow instructions precisely.
If your child has sustained an injury in an infant car seat — or if you are having difficulty with a product recall — an experienced Seattle defective products attorney in our office may be able to help. Contact us today.