Diono has issued a voluntary recall for about 6,920 of their Cambria 2 Booster Seats. According to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled booster seats might crack between the headrest and backrest in the event of a crash. This could cause the headrest to separate, increasing the risk of injury. Because of the defect, which Diono uncovered during product testing, the booster seats do not comply with requirements under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
Details of the Recall
The affected booster seats were manufactured between Sept. 5, 2020 and Nov. 30, 2020 and they were sold for about $80. Diono is in the process of notifying owners about the booster seat recall. They are providing a free replacement backrest with headrest assembly. According to Diono, the replacement headrests should be available to ship by May 9, but they could also be ready earlier.
Those who have these seats can cause the seat as a backless booster, while they are waiting for the replacement because the seat, without the backrest, meets all the necessary federal safety requirements. For more information, contact Diono customer service at 1-855-463-4666 or visit diono.com. The company asks that you do not return the recalled booster seat to any retailer.
Product Liability Issues
Car seats are critical to child safety. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, 636 children 12 and younger died in car accidents, and more than 97,000 were injured. Of the children 12 years old and younger who died in a crash in 2018 (for which restraint use was known), 33% were not buckled up. This shows that parents and caregivers can make a big difference when it comes to the safety of their children.
While the fact that car seats save lives has been well established over the years, there is still the issue of defective car seats that hurt our children. In this particular case, the defective backrest could make young passengers vulnerable to serious injuries. If your child has been injured as a result of a defective car seat, it is important that you contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.