Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Associated Press - WASHINGTON - Three quarters of a million infant car seats are being recalled for repair because of a potentially fatal flaw, the government announced. When used as an infant carrier, the handle of these Kolcraft car seats made by Kolcraft Enterprises unexpectedly change position, causing the seat to rotate and the baby to fall to the ground. At least one infant has suffered a skull fracture, and two have suffered concussions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 42 infants have been injured as a result of this defect. There have been more than 3,000 reports of handle-related problems with the product.

"Three quarters of a million infant car seats are being recalled for repair because of a potentially fatal flaw " because of one skull fracture, two concussions, 42 injuries and 3,000 handle-related problems?
because of a potentially fatal flaw ? How does this compare to taxi and cruiser partition flaws killing 70+ police officers, mutilating scores of taxi occupants and probably just as many prisoners in the rear seats of cruisers?
Is there some reason we tolerate dead cops and mutilated rear seat taxi and cruiser occupants, yet have no stomach for a baby bumping its' head?
Is it because we secretly don't mind when prisoners get hurt?
Is it because we secretly believe the BLM movement is valid, when we tolerate preventable loss of troopers' lives?

Or

Is it because we don't care about paying injured prisoners eight figure cash settlements?
Could it be because the usual purveyor of cruiser partitions has such a long and friendly relationship with police agencies? The solidarity of the relationship between the main supplier, Setina Corporation, and police agencies across the nation...  is hinted at, in a Setina letter. 
"During our many years designing and manufacturing police vehicle equipment, we have done much research to see if there was any federal regulation that might pertain to our products. We have found that our equipment is considered an "after-market" product" that has no federal regulations." - Judy Setina

However, our federal government said;

Do our (USDOT) safety standards apply to auxiliary interior equipment installed in motor vehicles? The answer is yes. The NHTSA authorizes this agency to issue safety standards for equipment (S103), prohibits the sale or manufacture of equipment which does not meet those standards (S108(a)(1)(A)), establishes civil penalties for non-complying equipment (S109(a)), and requires manufacturers to recall and remedy any non-compliances (S154(a)). (paraphrased)


(Exact quote)
In addition, the Act requires certification of compliance with applicable safety standards (S114). This requirement applies to manufacturers of equipment, with regard to those items of equipment, and to vehicle manufacturers with regard to the entire vehicle. Thus, if auxiliary interior equipment is installed in a vehicle prior to first sale, the automobile equipment manufacturer must certify compliance with any safety standards applicable to the item of equipment, and the vehicle manufacturer must certify that the entire vehicle (including items of equipment) complies  with all applicable safety standards.”

“You first asked whether our safety standards apply to auxiliary interior equipment installed in motor vehicles. The answer is yes. The NHTSA authorizes this agency to issue safety standards for new motor vehicles and equipment (S103), prohibits the sale or manufacture of new vehicles and equipment which do not meet those standards (S108(a)(1)(A)), establishes civil penalties for non-complying vehicles and equipment (S109(a)), and requires manufacturers to recall and remedy any non-compliances (S154(a)).
In addition, the Act requires certification of compliance with applicable safety standards (S114). This requirement applies to manufacturers of equipment, with regard to those items of equipment, and to vehicle manufacturers with regard to the entire vehicle. Thus, if auxiliary interior equipment is installed in a vehicle prior to first sale, the automobile equipment manufacturer must certify compliance with any safety standards applicable to the item of equipment, and the vehicle manufacturer must certify that the entire vehicle (including items of equipment) complies  with all applicable safety standards.”

Jeffrey R. Miller

Chief Counsel USDOT 1985
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