Earlier this month, a subcommittee from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform called for an investigation over “unfair and deceptive marketing and unreasonable risks to safety” by several manufacturers of car booster seats for children. This announcement follows other investigations from news reporting agencies and lawsuits involving young children who have been killed or severely injured while belted into booster seats during side impact collisions.
The investigations and records obtained from these lawsuits revealed that manufacturers of such booster seats have taken advantage of what remains a largely unregulated product industry by creating crash test parameters that do not account for, or grossly underestimate, the risk of child-occupant death or serious injury in the event of side impact collision. These same manufacturers have been found to market booster seats as “side impact tested” while admitting that real children face catastrophic spinal injuries or death if their bodies moved in a similar manner to the child-sized dummies used in crash testing. According to crash testing videos, congressional investigators further found that children strapped in booster seats are at risk of suffering death or serious injury, even in mild side-impact simulations.
Car booster seat manufacturers currently under investigation include: Evenflo, Graco, KidsEmbrace, Britax, Dorel Juvenile, and Artsana.
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