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From Car Seats to Strollers – Products that Harm Children

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From Car Seats to Strollers – Products that Harm Children

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Injury Lawyer

As a parent of two young children, I’m constantly on the go and rely on a variety of car seats and strollers to keep my kids safe.

As a personal injury lawyer who helps people who have been hurt in accidents caused by faulty products, among other things, I’m acutely aware that our faith in this equipment can be misplaced.

Last year I recorded this video about a Graco stroller that was later recalled because it was severing children’s fingers. Every time I buy something involving my kids I get online and search for defects. Despite taking this safeguard, I bought one of these strollers. About 4.7 million Graco and Century-branded strollers were recalled following 10 reports of full or partial finger tip amputations, according to CNN.

It’s always upsetting to know a product harmed children before it was pulled off the shelves. Children’s car seats, strollers and other equipment have been around for years, and yet the manufacturers still don’t always seem to be able to get it right.

Six years ago in 2011, new regulations were brought in relating to children’s cribs after drop-side cribs were linked to the deaths of infants. Our children are precious and it's heartbreaking to think a badly designed crib or piece of play equipment could have caused the loss of life.

When Buckles Failed to Open on Car Seats

In 2014, Graco was again at the center of a recall over children’s car seats with buckles that would not open. It is terrifying to think of a child being involved in a car crash with the prospect of a fire and his or her parents being unable to get the child out of the seat. Graco recalled of about 4 million child seats. When food or dried liquids got into the buckle, it became very difficult to open, leading to the buckle getting stuck in a closed position.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a list of recalls. Some of these, such as this girl’s coat that has a part that could be a choking hazard, are related to the safety of children.

A recall does not absolve a company of responsibility if you or your child is harmed by a dangerous product. See our questions and answers about product liability in Virginia, or call our attorneys at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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