Car Seat Health Crisis? Make It A Felony
May 27, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — We have a full fledged “public health crisis” on our hands, according to the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, DC. Car seats, the bastion of automotive child safety, are failing our children, and they’re dying as a result of this “criminal” negligence. There’s only one solution to this problem: If car seat manufacturers cannot create a car seat easy enough to install by someone who isn’t a rocket scientist, they should be found criminally negligent.
Safety advocates say automakers and regulators have acted with “criminal” negligence in failing to remedy a long-acknowledged auto safety flaw that watchdogs say has played a role in hundreds of deaths, creating a “public health crisis.”
At issue are car seats that malfunction and collapse backward when a car is rear-ended. The impact of the crash and collapsing seat can cripple or kill drivers, as well as passengers in the back seat, in many cases, children. (Emphasis added.)
It’s not surprising car seats might “malfunction and collapse backward” in any circumstance. Most of them are difficult enough to install, requiring an advanced degree in engineering according to the assembly instructions. The amount of “insert locking mechanism A into slot B” jargon in most car seat manuals is enough to make an IKEA junkie tear out their hair. Yet this is good enough for the people in charge of making sure our children are safe on the road.
Parents already have to worry enough about their children’s daily conduct. The last thing with which they need to be concerned is someone telling them a potentially hazardous situation facing their children is their own doing. Yet child “experts” don’t want to see car seat manufacturers held liable for their negligence in creating these infuriating devices. It’s easier to blame the parents, illiteracy, or low economic status.
“Car seats are more difficult to use than people give them credit for,” says Dr. Alisa Baer, a pediatrician and certified child passenger safety instructor. “Most parents don’t even read the instruction manual that comes with a car seat.”
Factors leading to errors in use included lower socio-economic status, lower education attainment and low levels of English literacy.
It’s lunacy. Do we need to create a new “certified class” of experts teaching people how to install and use car seats. Humanity isn’t as stupid as some would like you to believe. Yet the failure to make a car seat easily installable already means people have faced murder charges for incorrect installation of child safety seats. Why not hold the makers of these infuriating devices liable, criminally so, for creating the problem leading to this alleged “public health crisis?”
The answer is simple. Stop the madness now by making sure those who create child safety seats don’t fashion them in a manner creating a “public health crisis.” Instead of investigating Russian doping at sporting events, let’s see the DoJ investigate why ReCaro can’t make a seat that takes less than half an hour to install. Furthermore, let’s create a “Task Force” devoted to figuring out a way to charge each manufacturer with murder every time a child dies from a car seat issue.
Think of the children. Is that too much to ask?