Lawsuits against manufacturers of infant sleepers claim that infants have been injured or killed as a result of flawed or defective baby sleepers. These devices present risks of infants rolling on to their backs or suffocating. Our law firm is representing individuals whose infants have been injured or died while using an infant sleeper.
Consumer Reports launched an investigation in 2019 regarding the safety of popular inclined sleepers for infants. The report discovered that at least 73 infants died after being placed in the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper since the product was introduced in 2009.
Many manufacturers of popular baby sleepers and infant inclined sleepers have recalled their products after infants were seriously injured while sleeping in these devices. In April 2019 Fisher Price recalled nearly 5 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after the deaths of the infants as exposed in Consumer Reports. The product was advertised as acceptable for all night use even though it did not comply with the guidelines for safe sleeping approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Babies who are placed in an inclined sleeper can roll over and become smothered or suffer from obstructed airways. Following the Fisher Price recall, Kids II recalled almost 700,000 rocking sleepers after five infants rolled from back to their stomachs and died in the Rocking Sleeper. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report in January 2020 announcing recalls of several other popular infant sleepers made by Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Co., and Graco. The AAP supported the CPSC’s recall of the infant sleepers to avoid additional deaths.
According to the AAP, babies should be placed on their backs on a firm surface. Sleeper seats that incline are not recommended because they restrain infants and increase the risk that an infant can roll over and suffocate or become strangled. Infants may exert excessive energy when rolling onto their stomachs and suffocate in an attempt to reposition their hands to breathe. In many cases, deaths in infant sleepers occur quickly and without warning. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that the amount of time between placing an infant in a bouncer or infant sleeper and death was an average of less than 3 hours. Safety experts believe that all infant sleepers should be removed from the market and no sleepers should be sold with a back angled over 10 degrees.
If your infant has been injured by an Infant Sleeper, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:
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The CPSC along with four companies have issued over 165,000 recalls for infant sleepers due to the elevated risk of suffocation. Recalled infant sleepers pose an unreasonable risk of injury in the way that they are designed. They are made to incline sleeping infants at a 10-to-30-degree angle. This increases the likelihood of suffocation and airway blockage. The AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health advise against the use of sleepers for infants.
In most states, a manufacturer can be held liable for injuries if its product presents unreasonable dangers and the plaintiff demonstrates: