$2.2 million settlement
A five-year-old Attleboro girl who suffered a closed head injury when her car-seat latch opened in an auto accident was been awarded $2.2 million by a Bristol County jury. The girl was thrown from her car seat in a low-speed collision when the latch, and required surgery to implant a permanent drainage tube in her skull. The car seat had been the subject of 129 consumer complaints before the accident, but the company had failed to recall the model or provide a warning sticker that would indicate when the latch was securely fastened. The company later discontinued the model.