When a car seat can be a life-saver
In 2009, a carseat maker was sued after a mother died from the injuries she sustained when a booster seat in a Graco seat failed.
The suit claimed that the booster seat had been designed for a child who had suffered head trauma from a car crash.
Graco settled the case for $100 million, but the company never got around to releasing a replacement.
The woman died.
Another woman, also in her 40s, died in a fiery crash that left her mother, her husband, and two of their children with permanent brain injuries.
A third woman, a mother of two, died from a single-vehicle crash while riding in a boosterseat that also failed.
These are just two of many incidents in which boosters have failed.
But the most famous case involved the booster used by former NBA player Steve Nash.
In 2010, Nash died in his New Jersey home after he suffered a concussion and a collapsed lung.
He was 41 years old and had been on a long, successful career in the league.
His wife, Nicole, was on the way to work when she collapsed on the couch.
Nash’s wife called 911, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Nash’s booster seat went through a catastrophic failure, resulting in the death of Steve Nash,” Nicole’s lawyer, John A. Jafar, said in a court filing.
“There was a lot of grief, a lot on Steve’s family.
I think that the family would have preferred for the accident to be prevented.
We are disappointed that the suit against Graco is proceeding against Mr. Nash.”
Graco later paid $2.3 million to the Nash family, which included $1 million to Nicole’s mother, and $700,000 to the family of Nash’s younger sister, Sarah, who died of a heart attack in 2014.
The lawsuit alleged that Graco knew about the booster failure, but continued to market Nash’s booster as a “perfect” booster for children.
But there’s little evidence that Gracos booster had ever been used in an accident involving a child under age 10.
In 2013, two women died after they fell asleep in a car with a booster in the back seat, which was in poor condition.
The booster was designed to protect children against head injuries from head-on collisions.
But two years later, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that the system did not meet safety standards.
The agency’s investigation found that the “fault in design was due to the lack of knowledge that the product was not designed to provide adequate protection.”
The booster had been tested in several other fatal crashes, including one involving a pedestrian and a car.
The federal agency also said the booster did not adequately meet standards for head-in-car safety, but it did not recommend any corrective action.
A year after the crash, Graco recalled the booster because of the safety concerns.
In 2016, Graco said it would offer free booster seats to anyone who wanted one, even if it was “in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.”
Gracocos parent company, Graci-Mead, has since acknowledged that the company had failed to follow federal and state safety standards and had not updated the booster to meet the standards.
But it also defended the program, saying that it offered free booster seat to anyone with an insurance policy that covered children under age six.
“The safety of our customers and their families is our top priority,” said Jim Durnin, a Gracaco spokesman.
This voucher is valid for one year.” “
When customers have purchased a booster, we have provided them with a voucher for a complimentary booster seat for use on the child’s birthday.
This voucher is valid for one year.”
Durn in 2014 defended the policy that Graci offered to customers, saying the booster seats were only available for customers who bought their booster seats with their own insurance.
“Our policy is designed to ensure that our customers are insured, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are insured,” he said.
“That is our obligation.”
In 2014, Gracco was accused of selling a booster designed to save a man who fell asleep on a Gracco booster seat.
The man had suffered a head injury in a vehicle accident that left him with brain damage.
Gracco denied the charge, but prosecutors agreed to drop the case.
In May, a federal judge ordered Graco to pay more than $50 million to a family of two who died after falling asleep in booster seats that had been fitted with a warning label that said “the seat can’t be used to seat a child.”
The lawsuit, filed by the family’s daughter, was dismissed.
In 2014 and 2015, a lawsuit filed by parents of two teenagers who died in booster seat accidents accused the manufacturer of misleading parents by saying the seat