A jury has ordered child safety seat maker Evenflo Co. to pay $10.4 million to the parents of a 4-month-old boy who died of head injuries in a car crash.

The jury awarded $3.7 million in punitive damages to Chad and Jessica Malcolm on July 26th. This came a day after the jury awarded the couple $6.7 million in compensatory damages for the death of their son, Tyler. Tragically, this is not the first case involving Evenflo car seats. The company has lost at least three cases involving its car seats.

Young Tyler was killed in July 2000. He struck his head on his car seat’s hard plastic shell when the seat was ejected from the vehicle in a rollover crash. Evenflo had considered lining the shell of the “On My Way” car seats with foam.

Unfortunately, the company decided not to do it. Tyler’s seat was ejected from the vehicle because a hook broke loose from the seat. There had been five similar instances involving the Evenflo car seats. The company said it would appeal the latest verdict to the state Supreme Court.

 



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