While motor vehicles provide convenience and transportation, cars can also be dangerous, especially when a car’s occupants aren’t properly restrained. And those who may be most at risk for injuries are children. Indeed, NPR reports that 43 percent of children who died from crashes were improperly restrained. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that child restraint systems are often used incorrectly–about 46 percent of car seats and booster seats are used in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.
If you’re a parent of a young child in Massachusetts, it’s important that you understand the law regarding child restraints. What’s more, consider what you need to know if a child restraint defect contributes to an injury–
Child Car Seat Law in Massachusetts: What You Need to Know
As found on Mass.gov, all children who are riding in motor vehicles in our state must be secured in an appropriate and federally approved child restraint device (such as a car seat or booster seat) until:
- The child is eight years of age; or
- The child is over 57 inches tall.
After a child is too big for their booster seat, they must wear a seatbelt until they are age 13.
The child restraint device must be fastened and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions; failure to do so is a violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, Section 7AA.
When Car Seat Defects Lead to Harm
Even when a parent or another caregiver properly secures a car seat or booster seat and ensures that a child is fastened within it, a child may still suffer harm if a car crash occurs. Harm to a child is even more likely if the car seat or booster seat is defective. Common car seat defects include, but are not limited to:
- Broken latches and buckles;
- Car seats manufactured with flammable materials;
- Defective and weak frames; and
- Defective adjuster straps.
Each year, there are hundreds of child restraint seats and seat parts recalled.
There is nothing more devastating than a child’s injuries. If your child is harmed as a result of a defective car seat or booster seat, you can bring a claim for damages directly against the seat manufacturer. Our experienced products liability lawyers at The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates can help.
Call Our Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney Today
Following the rules and requirements related to properly securing children within a motor vehicle is critical–failure to do so could lead to a child’s harm. However, even when you follow the regulations, a car seat defect may render your efforts futile. At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our Massachusetts personal injury lawyer can answer your questions about the Massachusetts child passenger safety law and what to do if a car seat or booster seat defect leads to harm. We know how tragic car accidents are, especially when children are involved. Please call us today at (781) 284-2900 or send us a message directly to request your free consultation.