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Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the webbing on the My Ride 65 convertible child restraints is prone to fail and put children at risk of serious injury. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the event of a crash, the child seat webbing may not properly restrain the child. Furthermore, the car seats fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213. This recall affects 25,494 My Ride seats, which were manufactured in the summer of 2014 and sold in the United States and Canada. Defective products are recalled all the time, and if your child has been injured as a result of a defective car seat, do not hesitate to call an experienced Rhode Island defective automobile lawyer who can help you and your child.

What Is Graco Doing About This Problem?

Graco wrote on its Facebook page that the webbing on certain My Ride 65 convertible car seats did not meet federal requirements for breaking strength. The company said it is issuing the recall out of an “abundance of caution” and is providing replacement kits free of charge with new harness restraints and installation instructions. Consumers may continue to use the car seats as they wait for the replacement kits, the company stated. According to NHTSA, Graco will contact consumers and provide replacement restraints starting in July 17, 2017. Parents can call Graco at 1-800-345-4109 for more information.

What Are Some Car Seat Safety Tips?

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When you purchase a car seat, it would be in your best interest to register it with the manufacturer. This will ensure that you receive prompt notifications regarding any applicable recalls. If you’ve not yet registered your car seat, you can still do so easily by calling the manufacturer or visiting their website. Their phone number can be found on one of the labels. It is also a good idea to frequently check NHTSA’s extensive recall list if you borrow a car seat from a friend or purchase a pre-owned car seat.

Buying a used car seat can be tricky. Safety experts generally do not recommend that consumers buy used car seats. That’s because when you buy a car seat used, you can never be 100 percent sure of its history, including its involvement in a car crash. A car seat that has been involved in an accident can become weak and be unable to protect your child in the event of a crash. Also, remember that car seats have expiration dates that are set by the manufacturer. Be aware of those dates. You should certainly check out NHTSA’s recall list whether you buy a new or used car seat.

Contact Us Today!

defective graco car seat lawyer meeting clientsRegardless of the type of car seat defect, if your child has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective safety seat, you may be able to seek compensation on behalf of your child for the injuries, damages and losses caused. The personal injury law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates is working with automobile defect lawyers who help injured victims of defective products seek and obtain maximum compensation for their losses. These lawyers don’t charge any legal fees unless they recover compensation for you. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form, for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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