The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 607 children under the age of 12 lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2020, and over 63,000 more were injured. The most effective way to prevent these injuries and deaths is through the use of a car seat. However, if that car seat is defective, it may not provide proper protection and could cause severe or fatal injuries.
If your child suffered an injury or was killed by a defective car seat in New Mexico, a product liability lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for the damages you and your family have undergone. At Dominguez Law, we represent injured victims and their families in lawsuits for defective products. We can guide you through the legal process, negotiate with all of the involved parties on your behalf, and safeguard your interests during every step.
Defective Children’s Car Seats
Car seats are designed to protect children in the event of an accident. They are tested for safety and must meet certain rigorous standards, but sometimes, these products do not work as intended. A defective car seat is one that has a design flaw or manufacturing error, and manufacturers and retailers could be held liable if they knowingly sell or distribute them.
Defects in children’s car seats can occur in a variety of ways, such as:
- The car seat may not have been built correctly, resulting in poor structural integrity or other mechanical issues.
- The design itself could be flawed, making it too easy for children to get out of their restraints.
- The materials used in manufacturing might contain toxic chemicals that cause injury or illness to small children during normal use of the seat
- The harness straps may be too short or poorly constructed, leading to injuries such as lacerations and whiplash
Car seat manufacturers have a duty to their consumers to make sure that their products are safe. If that duty is breached, it is imperative they are held responsible for the harm they cause.
What To Know About Car Seat Product Liability Lawsuits in New Mexico
Product liability lawsuits are one way that injured consumers can hold manufacturers accountable for selling faulty products. However, it can be difficult to pursue a claim against a manufacturer, as they are often large corporations with hefty budgets set aside for powerful legal teams, so the best way to pursue a car seat product liability lawsuit is to enlist the help of an experienced lawyer. Attorney Paul M. Dominguez is unafraid of taking on car seat manufacturers and understands the importance of holding them accountable for their actions, especially when it leads to the injury of a child.
In order for a product liability lawsuit for a defective car seat to be successful, your attorney must provide irrefutable evidence showing that:
- Your child’s injury was caused by using the product as intended and in accordance with any instructions included with it
- The defect existed when it left the hands of its manufacturer
- You were using reasonable care while using the car seat
Your attorney will also be able to handle all other aspects of your case to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Reach Out To a New Mexico Product Liability Attorney About a Defective Car Seat
When you place your child in a car seat, it is expected that the manufacturer has placed safety at the forefront of its design and construction. Sadly, this is not always the case. If your child was injured by a defective car seat in New Mexico, you might be able to recover a monetary award for your damages, including pain and suffering, medical bills, emotional distress, funeral expenses, and other losses through a product liability lawsuit.
Set up a complimentary consultation with a compassionate and aggressive Dominguez Law product liability attorney today. We can evaluate your situation and let you know what steps should be taken next. Our team is trained specifically on how these cases work, and we know exactly what needs to be done in order for them to succeed. Call (505) 850-5854 or submit a completed contact form to get started. We also speak Spanish.