Two weeks after Fisher-Price recalled its Rock ‘n Play
Sleeper after a Consumer Reports story linked it to 32 infant deaths, Kids II
has announced that it is recalling nearly 700,000 inclined baby sleepers due to
five infant fatalities.
The Kids II Rocking Sleepers were sold from March 2012
through April 26, 2019 for approximately $40 to $80 at major retailers
including Walmart, Target and Toys R Us and online, according to news reports.
They were sold under the Ingenuity, Bright Starts, Disney Baby and DreamComfort
According to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission, the fatalities involving Kids II sleepers occurred
“after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach while unrestrained,
or under other circumstances.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend
inclined sleep products or any other products for sleep that require
restraining a baby.
Alan Feldman, a product liability attorney and co-founding
partner at Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, said that
“when children’s products are used in an intended and foreseeable way,
manufacturers can — and must — be held legally accountable when children are
seriously injured or killed.”
According to Feldman, “it is critical for manufacturers of
children’s products to ensure that their products are safe by conducting a
hazard analysis and designing their products so that the most vulnerable
segment of society is protected from needless harm. Unfortunately, this is another
tragic example of a product manufacturer not living up to its responsibility.”
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