In the United States, the federal agency that is in charge of making sure that the products we use every day are safe is the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Included in the CPSC’s bailiwick are products made for infants and children. These products have stringent regulations and guidelines that must be followed. Unfortunately, there are millions of these products that are recalled each year because it turns out that they present a danger or defect that can cause injury or death.
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics requested the federal agency issues a recall for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper because the product was linked to the death of 32 infants.
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The CPCS and Fisher-Price issued warning to parents to stop using the product once an infant has reached three months of age or the baby is able to roll over. The agency cited the deaths of 10 infants that happened when the babies were in the Rock ‘n Play.
However, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports, there have actually been 32 deaths, occurring between 2001 and 2018, that have been tied to the Rock ‘n Play. According to the investigation, some of the victims were younger than three months as cited by the CPCS. Some of the causes of death listed were asphyxia. This is whey the AAP has urged consumers to stop using the product no matter what the infant’s age.
The AAP warns that because the sleepers incline, they do not align with safe sleep guidelines issued by the organization, which states that infants should be put to bed on their backs, on a firm and flat mattress, which is free from soft bedding. The organization says that the product increases the risks of strangulation and suffocation.
In April, after the Consumer Report investigation was released, Fisher-Price issued recalls for just under five million of the Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, citing the 32 infant deaths. Parents were warned to immediately stop using the sleepers.
However, four months after the recall was issued, a survey conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, in partnership with Kids in Danger, found that an alarming number of daycare centers are still using the dangerous sleepers. The survey found that one in 10 daycare centers are still using the product, despite the deadly dangers the products pose.
Contact a North Carolina Defective Product Attorney for Help
If you or your child has been injured because of a dangerous product, a North Carolina injury attorney may be able to assist you in pursuing a claim against the manufacturer for selling a defective product or failing to issue proper warnings. Damages can include:
- All medical expenses
- Lost wages and any future loss of earnings if the victim has been left with a disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
At Shapiro & Appleton, we have been fighting for accident victims for more than three decades and will work diligently to get you the amount of compensation you deserve for your losses. Call our office today at 800-752-0042 for a free and confidential consultation to find out how our legal team can help.