Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Product Liability
It’s scary when products designed for the most vulnerable consumers—infants—end up being dangerous or even deadly. Such was the case with Fisher-Price’s ‘Rock ‘n Play’ sleeper. This soother-type infant seat was recalled earlier in the month at the urging of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) after nearly three dozen babies died while using the product. Now two class action lawsuits have been filed against Fisher-Price and Mattel related to the ‘Rock ‘n Play.’
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dangerous product, the Simpson Law Group and our San Diego product liability attorney want to help. We will help you recover damages and hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence.
On April 12, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled nearly 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleeper, citing fatalities that occurred when the infants rolled from their backs to their sides or stomachs while they were unrestrained in the seats.
The first of the class action suits was filed in Delaware and may include potential claimants nationwide. The second suit was filed in New York for specific claimants there, according to USA Today. The Delaware suit seeks to include not just those consumers whose children were injured in the sleepers, but also those who purchased the sleepers to begin with. The damages in sought have yet to be disclosed.
The product in question is designed to provide a spot for infants to sleep or nap. It is equipped with a vibration setting to soothe babies. Fisher-Price says that the product meets “all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization, known as ASTM International, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA).
Nonetheless, the AAP, which demanded the removal of the product from the market, also went on to say that the product does not meet its Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) recommendations for providing a safe sleeping environment for babies. The AAP, which does not endorse any sleeping products, says that infants should always sleep on their backs on a firm, flat sleep surface with no bedding or bumpers.
Parents who own this sleeper are advised to cease using it immediately. The sleepers are returnable to Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. Parents with the sleeper in their possession are advised to reach out to Fisher-Price for details on what to do next. Fisher-Price’s customer contact information line for recalls is 866-812-6518.
No amount of money can replace a child who dies due to the negligence of a manufacturer. However, it is still important to hold these manufacturers and others responsible accountable, if for nothing else than to prevent it from happening again. Our San Diego product liability attorney at Simpson Law Group has a history of standing up for our clients who are injured or harmed due to faulty or dangerous products. Schedule your no-cost consultation now by dialing 619-236-9696.
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