In the November 2009 journal from the American Academy of Pediatrics there is an excellent article regarding booster seats for children 4-8 years old. It describes how proper booster seats reduce injuries children sustain if involved in a car accident. To read the entire article, visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org. A few years ago, the San Bernardino County Traffic Safety Task Force worked with the SAFE KIDS Inland Empire organization to educate families about the importance of child passenger safety. One of their goals was to clarify the some of the misunderstood points about California's child car seat laws. California laws require a child to sit in a safety seat or booster seat in the back seat of a motor vehicle until at least 6 years old and/or 60 pounds.
However, it is an unfortunate fact that the safety precautions that you take are only as good as the products that you place your trust in. Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the Dorel Juvenile Group issued a recall for over 28,000 Maxi-Cosi Micro Infant Child Restraint Systems that they manufactured. Apparently, the base has a tendency to warp and does not protect the child the way it should in the event of an accident. The company will send all registered owners a new base.
Defective products can include design and manufacturing defects, mislabeling and deceptive marketing. Improper labeling or warnings can cause devastating injuries to your child. If the manufacturer has taken short cuts to bring the product to market, they can be held responsible for injuries caused by their defective product. But only an experienced defective products attorney can cut through the complex web of information that the other side's attorneys and insurance companies' attorneys will throw up to hide their mistakes. If you have been involved in an accident where there was a defective product, you should immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney.