After a faulty design caused a couple of toddlers to fall out of their booster seats, Unique Baby Products USA has announced a recall of the defective stroller attachments, according to CBS News.
The company, which does business under the name ValcoBaby, is cooperating with the U.S. Product Safety Commission by voluntarily recalling around 975 ValcoBaby “Joey” booster seats. The seats were made to attach to a stroller. However, a spring button mechanism caused the seats to easily become detached, sending toddlers tumbling to the ground.
The booster seats were sold in various stores across the county and on the company’s website from June 2011 to June 2012. Prices ranged from $80 to $100.
To determine whether your booster seat has been recalled, take a look at the number printed on your seat’s label. Booster seats with batch numbers 3111, 7819, 7822, and 7831 and model number TOD1058, TOD9109, and ZEE0649 are included with the recall. Contact ValcoBaby at (800) 610-7850 if you have a recalled model.
So far, no injuries have been reported. However, if your child does end up getting hurt as a result of the defect, an injury suit may be in order. Manufacturers and sellers can be held liable for placing defective products in the hands of consumers. Generally, a product must meet the expectations of the consumer. A product that has an unexpected defect or danger doesn’t meet consumers’ ordinary expectations.
The recalled booster seats have a design defect, meaning the way the seats are designed creates an unexpected danger to their users. In order to bring a successful product liability suit, the parents of any injured infants would have to show that the seat’s design was “unreasonably dangerous,” the injury occurred while the seat was being used in the intended manner, and that the seat hadn’t been altered in any way.
Since most consumers wouldn’t expect a booster seat to spontaneously fall, the families of any infants injured by the seats probably have a viable product liability claim against ValcoBaby. For more information about the recalled model, take a look at the company’s press release.
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