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Mother Files Suit Over Child's Booster Seat


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A woman from Louisiana has filed a product liability suit against a booster seat manufacturer based out of Texas. While driving on an interstate, Shanadrian Hill lost control of her vehicle. Her child, who was restrained in a Cosco Highrise booster seat in the rear passenger seat, sustained serious personal injuries.

 

Hill alleges that her child’s injuries were due to the booster seat not providing proper restraint, being “unreasonably dangerous,” and being unreasonably unfit for accidents that were unintended, but clearly foreseeable.

Hill filed suit against Dorel Juvenile Group, the manufacturer of the booster seat, on September 12 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

 

According to Hill, the seat is "nothing more than a crate to raise the child's buttocks off the seat with no consideration for securing the restraint to the booster, the child to the booster, or providing safety and security to the child."

The suit also claims that the seat does not provide proper restraint, does not fulfill the purpose of a restraint system, and is not crashworthy because of its failure to provide proper restraint.

 

According to Hill, the seat encourages “submarining” and spinal injuries due to no design in place which actually provides restraint.

Hill seeks damages in excess of $75,000 for physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and physical impairment in addition to the future loss of earning capacity and medical expenses for her child.



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