Seat Belt Adjustment and Booster Seats
Booster seats are meant to put a child passenger at the height needed for seat belts to be effective. However, these seats also often need to adjust the seat belt slightly to provide a child with safe use of these features. Unfortunately, a defective or improperly made booster seat may actually cause the seat belt to fit inadequately, putting the child at serious risk of suffering a devastating injury.
If your child’s injuries were caused by a defective booster seat, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation to help your family cover the cost of medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses. For a free consultation regarding your potential product liability claim, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., today at 904-296-1088.
Improper Seat Belt Use Caused by Booster Seats
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a child’s seat belt needs to rest on specific areas of the child’s body to effectively restrain them in case of an accident. If a booster seat is defective and causes it to interfere with the seat belt’s alignment, the seat’s manufacturer may be held responsible for this defect.
The IIHS’s recommendations call for the following:
- The belt should restrain at the shoulder
- The belt should not restrain at the neck or arm
- The belt should restrain the upper legs
- The belt should not restrain the waist directly
If a seat belt is shifted because of a defective or poorly designed booster seat, the seat belt could actually end up causing a child injury rather than protecting them.
Shouldering the financial burden of a child’s recovery after a car accident can be a substantial issue for any parent to bear. If you’re struggling with these expenses and can link a booster seat defect to the injury, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation from the seat’s manufacturer. For more information, contact Jacksonville personal injury attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., today by calling 904-296-1088.