WiredPRNews.com — (Story by A. Casad) – Nationwide law firm commits energy and resources to combat defective safety seats. With the number of injuries to children growing in auto collisions, one law firm suggest that poorly designed safety seats are to blame.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14. With these senseless tragedies growing, a greater emphasis has been placed on keeping children safe inside motor vehicles.
Ensuring that children are properly secured in their safety seats – and their safety seats properly secured inside the vehicle – should allow every trip to be a safe trip, according to NHTSA’s website. However, in cases where the child’s seat is defective or improperly installed, the results tend to be catastrophic following a vehicle crash. As NHTSA puts it, “more work needs to be done to protect child occupants.”
One law firm in Houston, Texas has taken NHTSA’s call for “more work” to heart and has announced the opening of a new division within the law firm to handle claims involving defective child safety seats. The Matthews & Fullmer law firm, a Houston-based litigation firm that specializes in product liability cases throughout the United States and its territories, has expanded its products liability division to include these potentially dangerous car seats.
“Parents go to great lengths to protect their children,” says Toby Fullmer, a partner at Matthews & Fullmer. “They should have the peace of mind to know that the safety seat they use in their vehicle is safe and will protect their child. These safety seats should prevent injuries, not cause them.”
To many familiar with the Matthews & Fullmer law firm, this expansion is hardly a surprise. The Matthews & Fullmer law firm has a long history of pushing for safety in America’s automobiles. The firm’s founding partner, Doug Matthews, is a pioneer in the so-called crashworthiness litigation. “In these crashworthiness cases, we held and continue to hold automobile manufacturers accountable for defective designs in their vehicles which were dangerous and which too frequently caused fatal injuries to occupants. If the auto maker doesn’t take action to correct these defects, then those who have suffered have a right to hold the manufacturer responsible,” says Matthews. It shouldn’t be surprising that as a result of the work of attorneys like Matthews, auto manufacturers began making safer cars. For the attorneys at Matthews & Fullmer, they are hoping that this same principle carries over in the case of safety seats for children.
Toby Fullmer encourages individuals who believe that they have a defective car seat to contact his office today. According to Fullmer, it’s important for people to “understand that they have rights and they should take action as quickly as possible.” Fullmer continues by stating that “if you think your child has been injured because a safety product failed to perform properly, then you should call us. Like our work in auto safety, we want to make certain that kids are safe and not injured simply because a manufacturer couldn’t or wouldn’t fix a known defect in their product. Human life is just too important to tolerate such cavalier behavior.”
Matthews & Fullmer can be found online at www.matthewslawfirm.com. They can be reached at 1.800.899.3352.