Why Are Inclined Sleepers Being Recalled?
November 7th, 2019
The CPSC Warning Regarding Inclined Baby Sleepers
On Friday November 1st, 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning that many thought was long over due:
Stop using all inclined baby sleepers that allow an infant to sleep at a 10 degree incline or greater.
This warning applies to all brands of sleepers.
The warning follows a prior warning to the public a year earlier advising people of a link between inclined sleepers and infant deaths. The earlier warning did not recall the products from the market.
Then, on April 9th 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics called upon the CPSC to recall all inclined sleepers due to an alarming link between them and baby deaths. This call again went unheaded by both the CPSC and many inclined sleeper manufacturers as the products were still allowed on the market.
Study Finds Inclined Infant Sleepers Defective
This warning comes on the heels of a study conducted by an infant biomechanics expert hired by the CPRC to conduct an independent study. The study concluded that the inclined sleepers contributed to 73 recent baby deaths. The inclined baby sleepers allow babies to more easily roll over to a face-down position making them susceptible to suffocation. Another investigation by the Washington Post revealed that some of these sleepers went to market without clinical research into the safety of the product’s design.
Massive Product Recall Underway
Several companies began recalling their inclined sleepers even before the study results were released. In light of the CPSC warning, millions of inclined baby sleepers have been recalled. Some of the products currently being recalled include:
- Dorel Juvenie Group – Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Bassinet/Rocker, Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet/Rocker Recalled
- Kids II – All 36 Models of Rocking Sleepers Recalled
- Fisher Price Rock-n-Play Sleepers Recalled (4.7 Million sold)
- Fisher Price Ultralight Day & Night Play Yard Inclined Sleeper Accessory
- Any other Inclined baby Sleeper that allows 10 degree incline or more.
What to Do if You Own One
The CPSC has urged consumers to cease using the inclined sleepers immediately and to contact the manufacturer for a return and refund. This is fine if your are one of the lucky ones whose child was not injured by the defective products. If you lost a child to suffocation while sleeping in one of these sleepers, you should consult a personal injury attorney immediately to determine your rights.
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. have been handing personal injury claims since 1979. Call 1-800-298-0111 for a free consultation.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.