On Dec. 1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that they will investigate the manufacturer of a child seat for its handling of a defective products recall. According to the NHTSA statement, the agency will be investigating the timeliness in which Graco Children's Products Inc. issued their recall on over 6 million defective car seats.
At issue is a child seat that created an unreasonable risk to children in emergencies due to the likelihood of the seats buckles becoming stuck in the latched position. Graco eventually bowed to pressure from NHTSA to issue the recall earlier this year, which became America's largest child seat recall ever.
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Graco dragged its feet in issuing the recall by delaying its reporting of possible safety issues with the seat. The DOT secretary said that potential safety issues involving children required an increased sense of urgency from the company.
According to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, any manufacturer of motor vehicle parts that suspects there may be a safety issue involved with any of its products must report that information to NHTSA. That reporting is supposed to occur within five business days of the manufacturer having first become aware or whenever they reasonably should have known about the issue.
If the investigation uncovers misconduct, Graco could potentially face fines of anywhere between $35 million and $300 million.
If you are an Illinois resident who has been injured as a result of a preventable accident, then you should know that there are legal remedies available to you. Automobile accidents often cause significant injuries which may prevent you from earning a living and supporting your family. Additionally, you may have suffered a great deal of pain that may have significantly diminished your quality of life. Your Illinois personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine whether you can recover for your losses
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "NHTSA Opens Investigation into Graco's Handling of Largest Child Seat Recall in U.S. History" Dec. 02, 2014