Parker Waichman LLP

Thirteen Booster Seats Receive Poor Safety Ratings

A recent review by the insurance industry found that a variety of children’s car booster seats provide poor results in positioning children to fit in their seat belts.  The researchers included the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—which conducts crash tests of new vehicles—and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The team found that […]

A recent review by the insurance industry found that a variety of <"https://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Defective_Baby_Car_Seats">children’s car booster seats provide poor results in positioning children to fit in their seat belts.  The researchers included the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—which conducts crash tests of new vehicles—and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The team found that of 41 booster seats tested, 13 boosters performed poorly.  The Institute did not recommend:  Compass B505, Compass B510, Cosco/Dorel Traveler, Evenflo Big Kid Confidence, Safety Angel Ride Ryte, Cosco/Dorel Alpha Omega, Cosco/Dorel (Eddie Bauer) Summit, Cosco Highback Booster, Dorel/Safety 1st (Eddie Bauer) Prospect, Evenflo Chase Comfort Touch, Evenflo Generations, Graco CarGo Zephyr, and Safety 1st/Dorel Intera.  IIHS President Adrian Lund said the 13 named boosters “may increase restraint use by making children more comfortable, but they don’t position belts for optimal protection.”  This review was the first the IIHS conducted for booster seats. Lund explained the Institute did not review crash protection since boosters only elevate children so lap and shoulder belts are well positioned to restrain the children in the event of a crash.

Meanwhile, child seat manufacturers said their seats meet and exceed federal regulations and Dorel Juvenile Group said it “welcomes the opportunity to review the evaluation conducted by the IIHS”; Graco Children’s Products said “safety is always a top priority and nothing is more important than the well-being of the children who use our products.”

Generally, booster seats are used by children between the ages of four and eight years of age with the seat belt positioned across a child’s lower hips and mid-shoulders and not the abdomen; the liver and spleen are more vulnerable to injuries in that position.  The government recommends car seats for children up to 40 pounds and booster seats for children over 40 pounds until they are eight years of age or four feet, nine inches tall. All children should ride in the back seat of vehicles until they reach the age of13.

IIHS spokesman, Russ Rader, announced that two of the seats included in the group of 13 not recommended by the Institute—the Costco Highback Booster and the Safety 1st/Dorel Intera—had been discontinued.  The IIHS evaluated seats that represented a majority of the market at the time evaluations were conducted, which was during the summer of 2007.  Evaluations for all of the seats can be found on the Institute’s Website.  Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues ratings for child seats on its Website at http://www.safercar.gov/.

Dr. Kristy Arbogast, who researches child passenger safety issues at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said “The biggest disservice this would do is to encourage people to move out of booster seats because we know they’re an effective restraint, we know they reduce the risk of injury and the risk of fatality,” Arbogast said.  Arbogast suggested that parents buying a new booster seat should try it out in their car and see how the seat belt fits on their child.

What Our Clients Say About Us
We have worked with thousands of clients and we appreciate them and their positive reviews. Here are just a few recent client reviews...
5 Star Reviews 150
I feel very grateful and happy with the service I received from the Parker Waichman LLP office. The process was very fast and effective. Thanks to Catherine Maryann and Jorge for helping me.Thank you
Hary Orellana
8 months ago
5 Star Reviews 150
The associates I dealt with, Shelly Davis & Christina Morace were extremely helpful and very pleasant to work with. They responded to my inquires in a timely fashion. They secured very favorable settlement.
John Ilardi
2 years ago
5 Star Reviews 150
Thank you Parker Waichman LLP and especially paralegal Benita Rollis who guided me through the whole process. She was very professional, courteous and always called me back when I had any questions. I was very satisfied and highly recommend Parker Waichman LLP.
Denise Saraceno
2 years ago

Why Choose Us to Help You?

We Take Care of Everything
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
No Recovery = No Legal Fees
We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we only get paid from a portion of your settlement or jury award. If you don't get compensation, you owe us nothing.
Decades of Experience
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
Respected by Our Peers
Judges, insurance adjusters, and fellow attorneys all speak highly of our skills, and we've earned numerous accolades, including a flawless rating from AVVO.
We Have Many Locations To Serve You
We have the experience and the skilled litigators to win your case. Contact us and speak with a real attorney who can help you.
Long Island – Nassau
Parker Waichman LLP
6 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Long Island – Suffolk
Parker Waichman LLP
201 Old Country Road – Suite 145
Melville, NY 11747
New York
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Queens
Parker Waichman LLP
118-35 Queens Boulevard, Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Brooklyn
Parker Waichman LLP
300 Cadman Plaza West
One Pierrepont Plaza, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New Jersey
Parker Waichman LLP
80 Main Street, Suite 265
West Orange, NJ 07052
Florida
Parker Waichman LLP
27299 Riverview Center Boulevard
Suite 108
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Nationwide Service
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038