Do not use this style of seat for a child under 40 pounds
In the news recently was the tragedy that affected a local family. A child was riding in her father’s vehicle at the intersection of Eastern Ave and Pebble Rd. Her father was critically injured in the accident. We are not yet certain of all the details of this particular accident, but we do know the child was in a booster seat and not in a car seat with a built in harness.
One of the unfortunate problems in accidents like this, is there are people who are using safety equipment they falsely believe will help them in the time of greatest need. The consequences of using the wrong equipment can be life or death. Authorities acknowledge in this particular case, it may not have changed the outcome, but for many families it would, so knowledge is the key.
In the midst of tragedy, what can we do?
Obviously, keeping this family in your thoughts and prayers is a good place to start. However, if you have children, it may be an opportunity to evaluate your own car seat situation and see if improvements can be made for the safety of your child.
Experts on car seat safety say a child who is under 40 pounds should never be placed in a booster seat as the safest option. For small children, a better option is using a car seat with built in harnesses. Most consumers are not taught the difference between what is legal and what is safe; so they make an invalid assumption that if a seat is legal it must be a safe option for a child. There is little room for error when it comes to a collision, so having the best safety option is paramount to secure your child’s well being.
If you need an in-depth set of guidelines to help keep your family safe in an accident, the American Society of Pediatrics has web page giving their recommendations that can be found here.
As always, if you have been in an accident or injured, please call the office of Ed Bernstein to discuss the details of your case.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning all movable drop-side cribs because due to safety concerns.
The ban will take effect in June, stopping the manufacture, sale, resale, and distribution of drop-side cribs. The new rules also will prohibit drop-side crib use at motels, hotels, and child care facilities.
Federal regulators say drop-side cribs are blamed for more than 30 infant deaths in the last 10 years.
An article in the USA Today says, “In addition to at least 32 deaths in drop-side cribs, there were 14 deaths because of entrapment that could have been caused by a drop-side, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission http://content.usatoday.com/
topics/topic/Organizations/Government+Bodies/Consumer+Product+Safety+Commission , which issued the new crib standards.”
CPSC urges consumers to check at www.cpsc.gov to see if their drop-side crib has been recalled. If it hasn’t, CPSC says to stop using the drop side and check for broken or missing parts.
And if you or someone in your family has been hurt by a defective product, contact my office at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.
CPSC’s ban on drop-side cribs takes effect in June
By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY
Cribs that have movable drop-down sides were banned by federal regulators Wednesday after reports of more than 30 infant deaths in 10 years.
Find article at: USA Today
Although the process of getting dangerous toys off store shelves has improved in recent years, a consumer group says there are still far too many toys on store shelves that pose a health risk to children. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says some toys contain toxic chemicals and many are choking hazards.
The government agency that regulates toy makers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), says toy-related injuries sent more than 250,000 children to emergency rooms and 12 of those children died in 2009 because of toy-related injures.
Below is a list of the toys the group thinks are dangerous and a link to a WebMD article about the study. If you or someone you love is hurt by a dangerous product or drug, call my office at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.
Last week 2 million Graco strollers were recalled because 4 babies died of strangulation. But the baby deaths happened between 2003 and 2005. So now consumer advocates are asking: why are they just being recalled?
Donald Mays, the senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports, said “This troubles me very much. It seems to me way too long before Graco recalled these products. It seems that for this company there are lots of cases where injuries mounted before something was done.”
But the president of Graco told the media the recall was recently prompted because many more parents were buying and selling secondhand strollers. But no information was given as to why these same strollers weren’t recalled 5 years ago.
Fisher-Price, the toy maker, is recalling 10 million items. The company says it is recalling tricycles, toys, and high chairs over safety concerns.