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Cadillac Sedans Under Recall for Car Seat Problems

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Product Liability

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a child younger than 13 sustains a car wreck every 34 seconds. Fortunately, car seats can protect small children in collisions and reduce their risk of sustaining severe injuries or death.

Unlike seat belts, which are designed for older passengers, car seats do not damage a child’s vital organs in a crash. If a car seat is installed correctly and ideal for a child’s age and weight, it can protect a child in a minor fender bender or severe crash. Car manufacturers are responsible for creating vehicles that allow for car seats to be installed safely. Recently, Cadillac announced a recall because some of their sedans made it difficult for owners to install car seats correctly.

If your child sustained an injury from the Cadillac car seat recall or another recall, contact our highly skilled Chicago product liability attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Call us at today to schedule a free consultation.

Details on the Cadillac Car Seat Recall

In July 2018, Cadillac announced a recall for 22,043 of its 2016 to 2018 CT6 sedans. Affected sedans feature excess adhesive on the lower LATCH anchor, which may make it a challenge for owners to install car seats.

Cadillac encourages owners of these vehicles to use the rear seat belts and install car seats according to the manufacturer’s directions until the recall repair has been performed. Emily Thomas, a Consumer Reports automotive safety engineer, explained that after evaluating the CT6, Consumer Reports discovered that it is possible to achieve a secure car seat installation with the rear seat belts.

The CT6 sedans in this recall were manufactured between September 4, 2015, and September 21, 2017. When the vehicles were being assembled, small amounts of excess structural adhesive may have been applied to one or both of the CT6’s inboard child-seat anchorage bars by accident.

Cadillac dealers will thoroughly examine the inboard child-seat LATCH anchors for adhesive. In the event there is adhesive, dealers will remove it and apply an anti-corrosion primer to the anchor free of charge.

How to Determine if Your CT6 Sedan is Affected

If you own a CT6 sedan, you are likely wondering whether it is affected by this recall. Merely visit the NHTSA website and type in your 17-digit vehicle identification or VIN. You can find your VIN on the door post of the driver’s side door, owner’s manual, or insurance documentation. The NHTSA website will inform you whether your vehicle is involved in this recall or any other recall.

Product Liability Cases for Defective Auto Parts

Product liability allows individuals who have been injured as result of a defective auto part to file a claim against the auto manufacturer. To win a product liability claim, you must demonstrate that there was a direct correlation between the defective auto part and your injuries.

Since product liability claims are very complicated, it is essential to consult a Chicago product liability lawyer to ensure your rights are protected. They may be able to help you receive compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Injured by a Recalled Vehicle? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you or your child has been hurt by a recalled vehicle, be sure to contact our Chicago product liability attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today. We can thoroughly evaluate your situation and help determine whether you may collect compensation for your damages. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call (312) 236-2900 today.