LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California
consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Cosco
brand of car seats for allegedly overstating height and weight limits on its
A class action lawsuit was filed by Arriane
Henryhand on behalf of herself and others in a similar situation on Jan. 9 in
the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Dorel
Juvenile Group Inc. The lawsuit alleges
Henryhand sustained damages after she was deceived
into purchasing a Cosco convertible car seat that she alleges doesn’t function
as labeling says it does.
“At this time, details regarding this situation are still being gathered,” Rick Leckner, president of MaisonBrison Communications, which represents Dorel, told Legal Newsline.
“Further, as a matter of policy, Dorel
Juvenile does not comment on pending litigation."
Court documents filed on Jan. 26 say that
a Stipulation Extending Time to Answer the
complaint was issued to Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Its answer is now due on March
“We [Dorel] remain focused on children,
families and overall care for precious life,” Leckner said.
The lawsuit states that Dorel allegedly labeled
its Cosco Apt 40 and 50 car seats for rear-facing children between 5 and 40
pounds, or 19 to 40 inches in height. The lawsuit also says the car seats were allegedly
labeled for forward-facing children who are 22-40 pounds, or 34 to 43 inches in
“However, on information and belief, the
Cosco Apt 40 Convertible Car Seat and its successor, the Cosco Apt 50
Convertible Car Seat, fail to accommodate children up to these advertised
height and weight limits,” the lawsuit says.
However, according to the lawsuit, Dorel
failed to reveal the accurate actual height and weight specifications of the
seat, and Henryhand alleges that the car seats don’t fit children up to the
advertised height and weight.
“As a result of its height and weight limit
claims, consumers purchase the Cosco Apt Car Seats under the false expectation
that the car seats will be suitable for children until they can be moved to a
booster seat, which is the primary purpose of utilizing convertible car seats,” the suit states. “Unfortunately, this is rarely, if ever, the
The lawsuit says Henryhand seeks a trial by
jury, compensatory, exemplary, and statutory damages in addition to interest,
disgorgement, all legal fees, as well as interest and any other equitable
The most recent court
documents, filed on Feb. 3, state that Henryhand has asked for more time to file her motion to certify a class.