Lieff Cabraser is investigating potential claims against Graco Children’s Products, Inc., for alleged improper and fraudulent marketing of child car seats. According to multiple reports, Graco has known–since at least 2002–that its TurboBooster and Affix booster seats are not suitable for children under forty pounds and four years of age, nor do they appreciably reduce the risk of serious injury or death from side-impacts or collisions.
Nevertheless, Graco aggressively markets its Affix and TurboBooster seats as “safe,” claiming they provide extra protection to children because they are “Graco ProtectPlus Engineered to help protect your children in frontal, side, rear & rollover crashes.” Graco reportedly knew, even while it was making representations to consumers about the professed safety of its booster seats, that the seats were not safe, should not be used by children under forty pounds, and provided little to no side-impact protection.
Graco also allegedly misled consumers into believing that the TurboBooster and Affix booster seats were “SIDE IMPACT TESTED [sic]” and provided side-impact protection without revealing that those representations were virtually meaningless; Graco designed its own side-impact tests that did not establish that the seats were safe. Recently released video shows that expert testing unmistakably demonstrated that a child seated in Graco booster seats could be in grave danger in such a crash.
Finally, among other misrepresentations, Graco also aggressively marketed the TurboBooster and Affix booster seats in the US as safe for children who weigh as little as 30 pounds even while, in Canada, Graco told consumers that a child that weighed less than 40 pounds risked “SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH” using the same Booster Seats.