Graco Car Seat Recall Impacts Mississippi Parents
Graco Children’s Products, manufacturer of child restraints, will recall approximately 25,000 units after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report blamed defective components for causing thousands of fatalities. The states with the highest death rates include Mississippi, where 38 percent of children who died in vehicle crashes were not properly restrained. According to a May 24, 2017 article from Biloxi’s ABC affiliate WLOX, the recall affects certain model numbers and will begin on July 17. The defect was discovered by the NHTSA during testing, as the seat webbing would tear under pressure and fail to restrain a child when involved in a crash. However, the recall only impacts one batch of products that includes a designated webbing code. The recall highlights how products liability cases work in Mississippi, especially the distinction between manufacturing and design defects.
Products Liability Overview
State law protects consumers that are injured by defective products under a legal theory known as products liability. A victim can sue a manufacturer to recover compensation for losses related to the injuries, such as hospital bills, the costs of ongoing care, lost wages while out of work, and other damages depending on the specifics of the case. From a policy standpoint, products liability law also benefits society because it ensures companies focus on safety in designing and manufacturing products.
A defect in manufacturing occurs when a product suffers a flaw in the production process, one which departs from its original design and is unintended by the manufacturer. Just as in the case of the Graco child safety restraints, a manufacturing defect only impacts one or more batches of the unit – not the entire line of products. Manufacturing defects are often caught during the quality control process at a production facility, but some items still pass inspection. When they’re released into the chain of commerce and cause injury, the victim may bring a products liability lawsuit.
Proving a Products Liability Case
Products liability falls under the doctrine of strict liability, which means that the manufacturer’s level of care is irrelevant. The company must still pay damages to an injured victim if the defective product lefts its facility and caused injury when used for any of its intended purposes.
Have you suffered losses due to a defective product? Talk to a Biloxi Product Liability Lawyer Today
Defective products cause death and injuries to thousands of Americans every year, due to both manufacturing and design defects. These casualties are unfortunate, especially when you consider that the consumer rarely has the opportunity to discover a product’s fault until it’s too late. If you’ve suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to a defective product, you need an experienced attorney to pursue your right to compensation. It’s tough going up against huge manufacturers with large legal departments, but a skilled products liability lawyer will face the challenges. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have been serving clients in the Biloxi, MS for decades, and can help you, too. Please contact our law offices today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.