A report published in the March 2004 issue of the journal Pediatrics warns consumers about the dangers of shield-style car seats
. The controversial seats use a detachable shield to restrain children. According to the report, infants are eight times more likely to suffer serious injuries when riding in a shield booster seat.
Recent studies are shedding light on the potential dangers of the child carriers. During crash tests, a high percentage of dummies riding in the seats were more likely to be ejected from their vehicles. Statistics from crash investigations also indicate that babies riding in shield-style seats at the time of an automobile accident face a greater risk of suffering from an abdomen, head or upper body injury.
According to the latest study, which investigated nearly 50 car accidents involving children who were admitted to trauma centers between 1991 and 2003, 62 percent of the infants riding in shield-style car seats suffered serious injuries to the head, chest and abdomen. Hospital
stays were also much longer.
If your child has been seriously injured or killed because of a shield-style car seat, it may be important for you to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your child's legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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