September 20, 2016

A Duval County judge set an Aug. 14, 2017, trial date for a lawsuit alleging that Evenflo, an Ohio-based car seat manufacturer, improperly recommends car seats that are too big for children.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents of a 5-year-old girl permanently injured in a 2014 crash on Baymeadows Road at Interstate 295 and names three plaintiffs: the two adults operating the car at the time and the car seat manufacturer.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Evenflo, "by designing, developing, testing, manufacturing, marketing, a product that does not provide adequate crash protection.” The suit added that the booster seat in the crash was “a product for children under 40 pounds that does not incorporate a five-point harness." Such a harness straps over the shoulders, around the waist and between the legs.

"Evenflo, due to marketing practices, invites smaller children to be placed in belt position booster seats when those children would be better served by a five-point harness safety seat," the parent's attorney, Adam Langino, said.

The full WXJT article and interview can be viewed here.