Consumer Reports Retracts Article on “Failed” Car Seats

Last week, I wrote about the Consumer Reports article on failed infant car seats. As I wrote the post, my wife was spending a few hundred dollars on new car seats for our 3 month-old twins. Sure enough, Consumer Reports retracted the article this week after receiving data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reported the car seats did quite well at the correct impact speed.

In their tests, Consumer Reports simulated impacts at more than 70 miles an hour when they were supposed to simulate an impact at 38 miles an hour. At the time, I thought it was probably silly to buy new car seats particularly given the data that was offered on the side impact risk to infants. But how can you argue against taking the safest possible course for your kids? You can’t. Now, if you are a lawyer out there considering a class action against Consumer Reports, you have your first client. I’m kidding, that would be a completely frivolous lawsuit, in my opinion. But do not be surprised to see one.

Speaking of frivolous lawsuits, a personal injury attorney announced in news conference in California that the he was filing a wrongful death case on behalf of the family of a 28 year-old woman who died in a water drinking contest on a radio show. The attorney said the wrongful death suit would name the radio station as the defendant, presumably for holding the contest in the first place. I do not think this is a meritorious case nor do I think it helps the cause of personal injury lawyers and their clients. I will offer more thoughts on this case this weekend.

  • Sarah Monks

    I don’t think it would be frivolous for someone to file suit against consumer reports. After reading the article that clearly advised to “buy a different car seat” if you have the car seats they found to “malfunction” I felt like a bad parent, seriously putting my son at risk, if I didn’t buy a new car seat. So, I didn’t drive for 5 days with my son until the new car seat came in to babies R’ us. Sounds silly? Well, not if I, God forbit, got into a car accident and my child was injured. I would have knowingly put him in harms way. Or so their article leads me to believe.

    The point is they caused a panic and targeted the most vulnerable consumer. After all, what parent wants to knowingly put their child in harms way?

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