Inclined infant sleepers have resulted in the deaths of 73 infants. Many have already been recalled. Now a House of Representatives committee is calling on manufacturers Chicco and Graco to recall their playards that have an inclined sleeper component.
Recalls of Inclined Infant Sleepers
In a highly publicized event in April of 2019, Fisher-Price recalled 4.5 million Rock n Play inclined infant sleepers. This was the most popular and widely used brand of sleeper. Other manufacturers later followed suit. In January of 2020, manufacturers Graco, Summer Infant, Evenflo, and Delta Children recalled 165,000 inclined infant sleepers.
Are Inclined Infant Sleepers Safe?
In October of 2019, consumers were advised by the Consumer Safety Product Commission (CSPC) that inclined infant sleepers were not safe for use. From 2005-2019, there had been 1,108 incidents and 73 deaths linked to use of the sleepers. Independent research discovered that there were no inclined sleepers on the market that were safe.
The use of inclined infant sleepers contradicts the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP recommends that the safest way for babies to sleep is on their back on a firm, flat surface with no loose bedding or stuffed toys. Inclined sleepers are not flat and elevate the baby’s head anywhere from 10 to 30 degrees. This angle could potentially interfere with a baby’s ability to breathe. This defective design could also lead to babies moving into positions that can cause asphyxia. Babies, especially newborns, do not have the neck strength and head control necessary to prevent asphyxia from occurring.
What if I Have an Inclined Infant Sleeper?
If you have an inclined sleeper, you should discontinue use immediately for the safety of your child. This is true even if the specific product you are using has not yet been recalled. There are still a number of inclined sleepers on the market, and the government is urging companies to recall these products. If your inclined infant sleeper was the subject of the recall, you should check with the manufacturer to determine what your next steps should be. You may be owed a refund from the manufacturer. You can find out more information by checking the CPSC recall database.
Conduct a Product Liability Attorney
If your child has been injured by an inclined infant sleeper, you may want to have your case evaluated by an experienced product liability attorney. For over 20 years, Gregg Goldfarb has been helping the victims of defective products. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.