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According to the January 2020 report, the following infant incline sleepers have been recalled: Summer Infant’s SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper – Model # 91394, Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat – Model #’s 1872034, 1875063, 1875102, 1877160, 1882081, 1896313, 1908957, 1914283, 2047734 and 1922809, Delta Enterprise Corp. Deluxe Incline Sleeper – Model #’s 27404-2255, 27404-437, 27404-758, and 27404-942, and Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper – Model # 12132125. These products were sold nationwide through various retail stores and online merchant websites including Amazon, Walmart, and Target.

A study done by the CPSC found that infant inclined sleepers’ designs make it more likely that babies roll onto their stomachs. When this happens, infants exert excess energy and their oxygen levels drop twice as much. The study concluded that babies exhaust themselves and suffocate trying to reposition their bodies and heads in an attempt to breathe.

No. Infant incline sleepers are not safe. CPSC members proposed that all infant incline sleepers be removed from the market, with recommendations that no baby sleeper products have a back angled over 10 degrees.

Baby Sleeper Dangers

Some baby sleeper & infant inclined sleeper products may pose a serious risk to children. Please familiarize yourself with all product models that have been tied to child injuries.

Are Incline Sleepers Safe For Babies?

Researchers have concluded that the design of popular infant incline sleepers can cause death and serious injury. These once-popular products include baby sleepers, newborn inclined sleeper accessories, and infant bassinets that are designed to have infants sleep at an incline between 10 to 30 degrees. These researchers’ studies have unfortunately been validated, with cases of infants dying of suffocation while in inclined sleepers. Many of these products have been recalled, and families nationwide have been filing baby sleeper recall lawsuits.

No. Infant incline sleepers are not safe. In October of 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted an independent study of the most popular inclined infant sleep products. The agency concluded:

None of the inclined sleep products that were tested and evaluated as a part of this study are safe for infant sleep.

 

CPSC members further proposed that all infant incline sleepers be removed from the market, with recommendations that no baby sleeper products have a back angle over 10 degrees.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated:

There is no such thing as a safe infant inclined sleeper, a product that typically positions an infant at an incline of up to 30 degrees and usually has design elements such as a rounded sleep surface and plush side padding.

 

The AAP provided recommendations that infants should sleep on their backs and alone on firm, flat surfaces devoid of padding, bumpers, and other excess bedding.

 

Why Are Infant Inclined Sleepers Dangerous?

CPSC conducted infant incline sleeper studies because of the concerning number of injuries and deaths tied to the products. Researchers carefully monitored infants of ages two months to six months old and tracked their movements and oxygen levels while they were inclined sleepers. The study found that incline sleepers allowed babies to roll over more easily to their stomachs, and when this happened, they exerted approximately 250 percent more abdominal muscle movement, and their oxygen levels dropped twice as much. The study concluded that a 20-degree or higher incline puts infants at risk of suffocation and muscular fatigue, while a surface of 10-degrees or less offers the safest infant sleep environment.

 

Baby Sleeper Deaths

At least 92 infant deaths have been linked to infant incline sleepers, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC). Lawmakers and the CPSC have proposed banning all infant inclined sleepers, but many of these products remain on the market. The products position infants at an angle between 10 to 30 degrees, an incline that can cause suffocation and restricted airways.

 

How Do Babies Die in Inclined Sleepers?

The CPSC conducted studies to better understand infant incline sleeper deaths. The study found that infant inclined sleepers’ designs make it more likely that babies roll onto their stomachs. When this happens, infants exert excess energy and their oxygen levels drop twice as much. The studies found that the babies exhaust themselves and suffocate trying to reposition their bodies and heads in an attempt to breathe. The research is consistent with incident reports from parents; many reported that their infants had never rolled over before but were found dead and on their stomachs while using an inclined sleeper.

 

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

Infant sleep-related deaths are fairly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 3,600 babies under the age of one die in their sleep every year. Researchers classify these fatalities as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). Nearly 25 percent of these deaths are attributed to accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. 38 percent are classified as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), where no identifiable cause of death was found during autopsy or investigation. The remaining deaths are labeled unknown or undetermined, meaning there was not an investigation or enough information available.

 

Baby Sleeper Recall

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency and four different companies have recalled over 165,000 infant incline sleepers because of suffocation risks. The CPSC reported that Summer Infant, Delta Enterprises Corp, Evenflo, and Graco were impacted by the baby sleeper recall. The CPSC urged consumers to stop using the recalled products and to contact specific companies for refunds.

 

Baby Sleeper Malfunction & Flawed Designs

Infant inclined sleepers are inherently flawed by design. The products are designed to have infants sleep at an unsafe incline from 10 to 30 degrees. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these products increase the possibility of suffocation and airway compression. These sleepers’ designs run counter to recommendations made by the AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Federal Maternal Child Health Bureau. These organizations recommend infants sleep on their backs on a flat and firm surface devoid of bumpers.

 

Filing a Baby Sleeper Recall Lawsuit

If you or a loved one suffered from an infant’s injury or death because of a defective baby sleeper or infant inclined sleeper, you don’t have to fight your legal and financial battles on your own. Filing a Baby Sleeper Recall Lawsuit or Infant Inclined Sleeper Lawsuit will help you gain proper compensation for your damages. Before taking action, make sure you know the proper steps in filing a case.

The first step — and one of the most important steps — is to mitigate the child’s injuries. Mitigation involves immediately seeking proper medical experts’ diagnosis, care, and treatment. This is crucial for both you and your child’s health and the strength of your potential lawsuit.

After you have properly mitigated injuries, you should then begin the process of hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your baby sleeper recall lawsuit or infant inclined sleeper lawsuit.  Your state’s statute of limitations bars the amount of time you have to take legal action after an injury has occurred, so you should not hesitate to begin this process as soon as you can.

Once you have hired an infant injury lawyer, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the steps of civil litigation, so that you are aware of the process of an infant inclined sleeper lawsuit.

It’s also necessary you gather evidence including any relevant documents, bills, records, and photos. After gathering evidence and mitigating injuries, it’s time to seek out legal aid and hire an experienced personal injury attorney.

Your infant-inclined sleeper injury lawyer will also assess your personal damages that were caused due to the incident. In many defective product lawsuits such as these, the affected party will choose to file both compensatory damages and punitive damages against the party who holds liability for the injuries; in this case, the manufacturers.

 

Hiring an Infant Inclined Sleeper Injury Lawyer

TorHoerman Law specializes in a variety of product liability lawsuits, defective product lawsuits, and personal injury lawsuits. We will help you navigate the legal system and build the best Baby Sleeper Recall case possible. We offer free, zero-obligation case consultations for all of our potential infant-inclined sleeper lawsuit clients. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we won’t charge you until you receive proper compensation for your damages. Contact a personal injury lawyer at TorHoerman today to learn about your legal options and potential Baby Sleeper Recall / Infant Inclined Sleeper Lawsuit.

 

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