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.”
What Types of
Children’s Products Can Cause Accidental Suffocation?
Other children’s products that may cause accidental
suffocation if defective include:
Feldman said that “when a child is seriously injured or
killed by a defective product, the grieving parents frequently blame themselves
and don’t stop to think that the product may be defective and that it is the
manufacturer who is at fault. As a result, incidents often go unreported.”
“Even when events are reported, parents are often unaware
that other parents have reported similar injuries to the product’s manufacturer
and that the manufacturer failed to take appropriate action to warn its
customers and to remove the product from store shelves and people’s homes,”
When Should I Contact
a Product Liability Attorney If My Child Is Injured?
Feldman recommends contacting a product liability attorney
as soon as possible following a child’s injury, as every state has its own
strict deadlines as to when a lawsuit must be filed. He said that, “too often,
parents — tormented by grief and misplaced self-blame — have contacted me many
years after a defective product seriously injures, or even kills, their child,
and at that point it is too late to take legal action.”
“Often, the civil justice system provides some comfort to grieving
parents as it shines a spotlight on dangerous products and helps ensure that
they are removed from the market so that they can no longer threaten other
children,” Feldman said.
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