Child Car Seat Manufacturer, Graco, are set to pay $3 million into the U.S treasury and spend a further $7 milion taking new steps to improve child safety after it was proved the company failed to launch timely recalls of defective seats.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announced last week that Graco were fined $10 million, for failure to provide timely notifications of more than 4 million defective car seats. Graco must pay $3 million immediately to the Federal Government, and a further $7 million in 5 years unless the spend at least the same amount making improvement to child safety.
“Parents need to know that the seats they trust to protect their children are safe, and that when there’s a problem, the manufacturer will meet its obligations to fix the defect quickly,” Secretary Foxx said. “Today’s action reinforces that responsibility in a way that will make our kids safer for decades to come.”
An investigation was launched last year by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish if the company failed in its obligations, under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. It ended up with the largest ever recall of child seats after it was revealed that buckles could become stuck, placing children at risk in the event of an emergency.
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