My family is getting ready to drive to Florida for our summer vacation, and we have a 1-year-old baby and a 3-year-old toddler with Dorel Alpha Omega car seats. Will they be safe for the drive? | DENENA | POINTS

The Dorel Consumer Group issued a recall this year for almost 1 million child car seats that were made between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009, including some of the Alpha Omega models. You can read the full list of recalled model numbers here. A weakness in a locking-release mechanism on the recalled harness could loosen and cause a child to fall out of the seat while in motion or during a car collision. The company reports at least 3 injuries resulting from the problem. Dorel indicated that it would provide a means to repair the weakness on the recalled Dorel car seats.

Safe Kids USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to child safety, lists motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause of death for children aged between 1 and 4 years. They provide some basic safety tips to follow to help keep your child safer in the car:
Always use a rear-facing seat until the child reaches 2 years of age.
Make sure that your child does not exceed the particular seat’s size or weight limit.
Never buy a used car seat without knowing its full history.
Never use car seat components that don’t come from the manufacturer. Manufacturers use special flame-retardant materials that provide an essential safety feature.
Make sure that all the straps and restraints are snugly tightened.

Even with the safest car seats and the most careful precautions, injuries sometimes occur to young car occupants. Our Lake Jackson, TX car accident law firm has handled a number of injury accident injury cases for young families from the area. Our concern helps injured families and the innocent victims of auto collisions recover the financial compensation for their injuries that they deserve. No child should have the most carefree years blemished by an untimely car accident injury, whether it was caused by a defective car seat, by a drunk driver, or by something else. Those who caused your child’s accident injury should pay for the costs from it so that you’re in a better position to help your child, and get back to living your family life again.