Despite recommendations by the Academy of Pediatrics to not sell this booster seat, Evenflo not only sold the product but marketed it as “safety tested.” The “Big Kids” booster seat is potentially putting thousands of children’s lives at risk. According to news sources, an engineer who worked for the company said the product should not be sold for children who weigh less than 40 pounds. The company was told that in the case of an accident, a child could be seriously hurt, or even killed. The engineer who discovered this emailed company executives back in 2012, but they “vetoed” the safety recommendations.
If the act of ignoring the safety recommendation wasn’t enough, the company then continued to market the product as “side-impact tested,” and told parents the tests were rigorous. However, this was not the case. In these tests, the child-size test dummies were thrown so violently, that if they were real, they could have died. Unfortunately, this seat has allegedly all ready injured children. One 5-year-old girl now suffers from paralysis. Before this incident, Evenflo was sued two previous times. One of those suits involved a child suffering from a traumatic brain injury. All of these cases were settled out of court.
Unfortunately, parents have little access to booster seat testing. Many of the documents revealing the dangers of these seats are sealed. Most parents have to take the manufacturer at their word when it comes to safety. Some of these manufacturers take advantage of this trust and lie about how their products hold up during safety tests. It’s a disgusting practice, that should never happen at all, especially when concerning children.
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