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Do You Own a Recalled Diono Car Seat?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Nov-2017

Diono has issued a recall for more than 500,000 child safety seats sold in the US. According to the manufacturer, internal crash-testing revealed that children over 65 pounds who use these seats may not be protected in the event of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the company claim that children in this group have an increased risk of suffering chest or head injuries while using the seats. The six models affected by the recall and their manufacturing dates include:

  • Diono Radian R100 manufactured between January 3, 2014 and September 5, 2017
  • Diono Radian R120 manufactured between January 3, 2014 and August 30, 2017
  • Diono Radian RXT manufactured between November 25, 2013 and September 5, 2017
  • Diono Olympia manufactured between April 12, 2014 and March 31, 2015
  • Diono Pacifica manufactured between April 12, 2014 and May 13, 2016
  • Diono Rainer manufactured between April 12, 2014 and September 5, 2017

According to Diono, children are at greater risk for injury if they are secured with the lap belt but not the top tether. If you own this car seat, then Diono will send you a free repair kit. This kit contains a new absorbing pad and chest clip. The recall for these car seats will begin on November 22. You should use a replacement seat until the parts become available.

Why Are Defective Car Seats a Big Deal?

Safe Kids Worldwide, a child safety organization, claims that the proper use of car and booster seats can reduce the risk of death during a crash by 71 percent. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains that the proper use of these seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 to 54 percent.

Safety and booster seats may not significantly reduce the risk of death or injury if they containproduct defects. Therefore, child car seat recalls should always be taken seriously. If your child was already harmed by a defective safety seat, then you should speak with an attorney right away. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or other parties for damages.

The Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you discover whether you would be eligible to file a defective car seat lawsuit.

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