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When you’re driving with your child in the car, your priority is keeping them safe and comfortable. Until your child reaches a certain size, this usually means placing them in a car seat.

Child car seats should be designed with a child’s safety in mind. After all, the goal is to protect the child from the impact of a car accident. Their bodies are too small, and too fragile, to leave anything to chance. 

Just one collision, even a minor bump, can be enough to seriously injure a child. Without a stable and quality car seat, a child may suffer severe or even fatal injuries in an auto crash. If the crash occurs at speed, or involves a heavy vehicle, the risk only increases.

But what if the car seat is not safe? What if the manufacturer didn’t follow the required regulations when creating the product? That’s where the May Firm can help.

If your child is hurt due to an unsafe car seat, we want to know about it. Our car seat attorneys know how to win defective product cases. And we care about fighting for the justice our clients deserve.

As California child injury lawyers, we know only too well how serious car seat defects can be. Your child deserves compensation for their pain and suffering. Give your child the best chance at justice after a motor vehicle accident. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss your case.


Child safety seats vary depending on the stage of childhood. For example, what your child needs in infancy is quite different from what they need after the first few years of life.

  • Rear-facing car seats offer extra protection. They are usually aimed at babies and infants.  
  • Front-facing car seats are robust but offer slightly less protection. They are more suitable for older children learning how to ride safely in a vehicle.

Manufacturers must follow certain rules when designing car seats. These rules include, for example:

  • Material specifications 
  • Size, shape, and number of buckles  
  • Location of buckles and attachments

If the manufacturer fails to follow these obligations, the result is a defective car seat. And even if there’s a car seat recall, it could be too late to save your child from a head injury. Or even a traumatic brain injury.

Don’t let car seat manufacturers intimidate you. Your child deserves justice if their car seat malfunctions. Let our California child injury lawyers help.

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Child Car Seats Are Not Always Safe

Without a proper car seat, a child cannot ride safely in a car. Unfortunately, they are no better off in a car seat that is poorly manufactured or designed. Safety regulations exist to ensure that your child can travel along California roadways safely and without fear of injury.

When you purchase a car seat, you expect it to keep your child both comfortable and safe. In the event of an accident, it should keep your child in place and their injuries to a minimum. Unfortunately, this does not always happen when a car seat is not designed properly.

If you are a parent, you may have noticed that not all car seats are created equal. Some are defective and even damaged, while others are not in compliance with the safety regulations required by law. Unfortunately, you may not realize its defective nature until it’s too late. When a car seat is unable to protect your child in the way that it should, the consequences can be catastrophic. 

Defective car seats may not only fail to prevent injury but could actually contribute to the seriousness of your child’s injuries in the event of a crash. Potentially serious defects include:

  • Faulty chest clip 
  • Car seat head strap fail 
  • Buckle failure 
  • Faulty harnessing 

There’s no limit to how a car seat can malfunction. Our defective car seat lawyers can explain which defects might be relevant in your case.

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Who Is Responsible?

It is the responsibility of child car seat manufacturers to ensure that they produce car seats that conform to all current safety regulations. They are also responsible for ensuring that every part that makes up each car seat is in working order. The straps that hold your child in place should be long enough to accommodate their body comfortably without being too loose and should not be frayed. They should also be sturdy enough to keep the child in place if they are projected forward in an accident.

If a car seat is produced with weak or defective parts, it is inherently unsafe. And our car seat attorneys will fight to secure you justice for any harm sustained.

In addition to ensuring that each car seat is constructed with strong parts, car seat manufacturers are responsible for remaining up to date on all of the safety regulations required by law.The law is ever-changing as technology advances. With new technological advances come new regulations to ensure the safety of the public.

If a new regulation indicates that a particular car seat design is unsafe, manufacturers are required to stop producing car seats using that design. If they don’t, they can be held liable for any injuries that a child suffers in that car seat. As experienced California child injury lawyers, we understand the changing regulations, and we’ll hold manufacturers accountable.

If your child was hurt by their car seat, the car seat manufacturer is responsible for their injuries. If a car seat manufacturer fails to comply with current safety regulations and produces a product that is unsafe and causes harm, they are liable for any damages that result.

You have every right to sue the car seat manufacturer to ensure that you and your child are compensated for their injuries.


Was your child injured by a car seat? Call our California child injury attorneys.

We will make sure that the manufacturer is held responsible for its products and the pain and suffering that they caused. If their negligence, incompetence, ignorance, or sheer disregard for safety led to your child’s suffering, you are entitled to compensation. And our dedicated car seat lawyers will fight tooth and nail to secure those damages you deserve.

The attorneys at the May Firm specialize in representing clients whose children have been injured by car seats. We are well versed in the laws surrounding car seat injuries. Call the May Firm today for a free consultation! We will be there for you!

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