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Product Liability Lawsuits Filed After 32 Infant Deaths Due to Baby Sleepers
June 25, 2020 - Fisher-Price issued a recall of its Rock ‘n Play sleeper product after claims that the sleeper led to the deaths of 32 infants. 4.7 million sleeper units have been recalled with consumers being offered a full refund. Now two federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against Fisher-Price and its parent company Mattel alleging dangerous and defective design and negligence.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists the primary hazard of the Rock ‘n Play sleeper products as, “infants [rolling] from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.” The CPSC noted that following the product’s initial release in 2009, 10 infant deaths were reported between 2015-2018. Fisher-Price issued a warning to not place infants with rollover capabilities in the sleepers. However, since that warning, 32 total deaths related to the product have been reported, indicating that both Fisher-Price and Mattel were aware of the dangers posed by the product but did not attempt to remedy its safety defects.
Both class action lawsuits claim that Fisher-Price and Mattel disregarded the AAP’s recommendations as to appropriate infant sleep environments. Additionally, they allege that the defendants lobbied the CPSC to let them avoid regulations that would have kept the product off the market.
The Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper has been added to a long list of dangerous and deadly baby sleeper products. Fisher Price has recalled its Rock n Play Sleepers following investigations that found that more than 30 infants died while in the sleepers. If you or a family member’s newborn suffered injuries or death because of a Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper, you deserve representation and compensation for your suffering. Read on to learn more about your potential Chicco Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper Lawsuit and learn how a Fisher Price Rock n Play injury lawyer from TorHoerman Law may be able to help you.
The first post-recall Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper lawsuit was filed in April of 2019. USA Today reported:
“Less than two weeks after Fisher-Price recalled its popular Rock ‘n Play sleepers, two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Fisher-Price and its parent company Mattel.
The April 12 recall of 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers came a week after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price issued a safety warning that said 10 babies died. Days after the April 5 warning, a Consumer Reports investigation connected the product to more than 30 infant deaths since 2009.
The first suit, filed April 18 by Samantha Drover-Mundy and Zachary Mundy of Delaware, says the recall didn’t come soon enough to save their 12-week-old daughter, who they say died minutes after being placed in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper in September.
The next day, Cassandra Mulvey, of Nassau County, New York, filed a suit, which says she received the item as a gift in 2016 to ‘use as a sleeper for overnight or prolonged sleep for her infant.’
The lawsuit claims the marketing of the Rock ‘n Play ‘was dangerously false and misleading.’
In both cases, families are seeking unspecified damages and are looking to create two classes of potential claimants: one for New York and the other nationwide.”
The Mundy and Mulvey family Fisher Price Rock n Play lawsuits against Fisher Price and Mattel are consistent with thousands of infant incline sleeper recall lawsuits across the country. These products position newborns’ heads at an incline that can cause suffocation. This design flaw has led the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall hundreds of thousands of baby sleepers. In April 2019, Fisher Price recalled all of its Rock n Play Sleeper products.
Fisher Price recalled all 4.7 million Rock n Play Sleepers in April of 2019. Consumer Reports found that the product was tied to at least 32 infant deaths from January 2009 to April 2019. The company voluntary recalled the product under the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s Fast Track recall process. CR reports:
“Consumers who have a Rock ’n Play Sleeper can contact Fisher -Price for a refund or voucher. To reach the company, go to Mattel’s customer service page and click on Recall & Safety Alerts or call 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.
Fisher-Price’s refund option, however, applies only to consumers who have owned a Rock ’n Play Sleeper for less than six months, the CPSC recall said. Families that have owned one for longer than that will be offered a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product, depending on how long they owned the Rock ’n Play Sleeper.
CR recommends that parents and caregivers with other inclined sleepers should also immediately stop using those products. That is especially true for Kids II inclined sleepers, which CR has reported to be linked with four infant deaths.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided that baby sleeper products, such as the Fisher -Price Rock n Play Sleeper, are not safe. CPSC conducted studies on popular infant incline sleeper products because of a concerning number of reported injuries and fatalities. These sleepers position infants at a 10 to 30 degree incline, which makes it easy for them to roll over onto their stomachs. This puts them at risk of:
CPSC proposed that all baby sleeper products with an incline 10 degrees or higher be removed from the market. If you or a family member’s child suffered injury or died while using the Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, you could be eligible for a Fisher Price Rock n Play lawsuit settlement.
If you or a family member suffered because of a child’s injury or death while using a Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper, you don’t have to handle your financial and legal battles alone. Working with an experienced baby sleeper lawyer and filing an infant incline sleeper recall lawsuit will help ensure that you receive the right compensation for you and your family’s suffering and damages. Before taking action, make sure you are familiar with the proper steps in filing a case.
The first step of a Fisher -Price Rock n Play lawsuit is to work to mitigate the child’s injuries as soon as possible. Mitigation requires seeking adequate medical expert care, advice, and treatment. This is essential both for the infant’s health and for the strength of your potential Rock n Play Sleeper lawsuit. It is also essential to gather evidence such as all relevant records, documents, bills, and photos. After gathering evidence and mitigating the infant’s injuries, you should seek legal guidance and work with an experienced personal injury attorney. It is also advised to learn more about the steps of the civil litigation process and your state’s statute of limitations.
TorHoerman Law handles Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper recall lawsuits. Our team of infant incline sleeper lawyers is experienced and successful in product liability, personal injury, and defective product law. We will work with you navigate the legal system to build the best Fisher-Price Rock n Play Sleeper case possible.
Our law offices offer free, no-obligation case consultations for all potential clients. We work on contingency fees, meaning we don’t charge our clients until they receive compensation for their damages. Contact a Fisher Price Rock n Play lawyer at TorHoerman Law today to learn more about your available legal support and potential Rock n Play Sleeper settlement.
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