Everything You Need to Know About the Chicco KidFit Booster Seat Settlement
The maker of Chicco “KidFit” booster seats has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit that alleged the products are not as safe as advertised, and the time has come for consumers nationwide to file claims for compensation.
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The official settlement website can be found at https://www.artsanaboosterseatsettlement.com/.
Read on to learn who’s covered by the settlement, how to file a claim, how much money you could get and more.
Who’s covered by the settlement?
The settlement, which received preliminary approval from the court on February 3, 2023, covers consumers who bought one or more Chicco “KidFit” booster seats, including the KidFit, KidFit Zip, KidFit Zip Air, KidFit Luxe, KidFit Plus and KidFit Air Plus, in the United States and its territories between April 22, 2015 and December 31, 2021.
How do I file a claim?
To file a claim online, head to this page.
If you received direct notice about the settlement via mail or email, enter the unique notice ID and confirmation code exactly as it appears on the notice and hit “submit” to proceed. If you did not receive a personalized notice about the settlement, you can still file a claim by selecting the option on the right.
The only way to get compensation from the settlement is by filing a claim. If you do nothing, you will not receive a payment and will give up your right to sue Artsana for the claims covered in the litigation.
Is there a deadline?
According to the official settlement website, claim forms must be submitted online or received via mail 60 days from the date the deal receives final approval from the court. This date may be as early as December 11, 2023, the website states.
How much can I get from the settlement?
Consumers who either bought an eligible Chicco product directly from the company, registered the product with the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or provide other proof of purchase can receive $50 per eligible KidFit booster seat purchased during the applicable time period.
Those who submit claims without proof of purchase can receive $25 per eligible product. Consumers who file claims without proof will be asked to provide at least two of the following additional details about their purchase:
When will I get my settlement money?
Typically, money from class action settlements is distributed once the court grants the deal final approval and any appeals are resolved.
For this settlement, a final approval hearing is slated for October 12, 2023. According to the settlement website, payments will be distributed “as soon as possible” after the court grants final approval to the deal and any appeals/objections are taken care of.
What else does the settlement provide?
In addition to compensating consumers, Artsana must include a link to this informational video on its website on the product video page under the “KidFit Booster Car Seat” heading.
Further, the company will add an overlay of text to the video that states, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.”
Lastly, Artsana will create a new educational video discussing the subject of transitioning a child to a booster seat and give the video a title “reasonably related to the topic of transitioning or fitting a child to a booster seat.” The video must address the minimum weight, age, height and child maturity level requirements for safe use of a booster seat and will appear on the product video page, the settlement website says.
How do I contact the settlement administrator?
To contact the settlement administrator with questions, head to this page.
How did we get here?
The settlement detailed on this page resolves a class action filed against Chicco KidFit manufacturer Artsana USA back in September 2021. The case alleged the company misled consumers about the safety of the booster seats by claiming that the products were safe for children who weighed as little as 30 pounds and could provide protection in a side-impact crash.
In October 2021, the parties jointly asked the court to pause the case pending the finalization of a proposed settlement. The parties submitted to the court a number of status updates throughout the end of 2021 and into 2022. In December 2022, the court, in response to the parties’ 11th request for an extension of time to negotiate the settlement, stated that they would not be granted a 12th. On January 17, 2023, the parties finally submitted a motion for preliminary settlement approval, which the court granted on February 3.
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