Dangerous Baby Products
If you have a baby, safe products can provide you with peace of mind and assist you with caring for your infant. We trust well-established baby product manufacturers to make products in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the latest research. However, as recent reports show, this trust may be misplaced with some of the most trusted brands putting arsenic and other deadly substances in our babies’ food. Unfortunately, there is a long history of unsafe baby products on the market that injure or even kill the most vulnerable members of society.
Dangerous Baby Products to Avoid
Consumer Reports, a consumer advocacy group, often provides lists based on consumer reviews such as “The Best Baby Products of 2021.” However, the organization also provides warnings to parents about dangerous baby products. Consumer Reports advises against purchasing any of the following baby products due to a variety of safety concerns:
- Drop-side cribs
- Crib bumpers
- Sleep positioners
- Crib tents
- Bedside sleepers
- Changing tables with fewer than four sides
- Sling carriers
- Infant bath seats
- Bumbo seats
The organization also warns that so-called “baby safety products” like the following can be used in a manner that makes them unsafe:
- Baby monitors with cords
- Humidifiers and vaporizers
- Jogging strollers
- Safety gates
A Warning About Infant Sleeper Products
Infant sleep products like the popular Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play disregard AAP recommendations for safe sleeping positioning and place babies at unsafe angles that put them at risk for asphyxiation. This product and other inclined sleep products resulted in at least 73 deaths and 1,108 reported safety incidents involving infants in the decade following the product’s release, leading to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warning consumers to stop using inclined sleepers. Fisher-Price executives admitted before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform that it had received 97 reports of infant deaths in its product.
Unfortunately, the Pack ‘n Play is not the only unsafe baby sleep product. Three Boppy infant lounger product lines were recalled after eight infant deaths in these products were reported. The CPSC reported 21 deaths between January 2019 and December 2020 were due to infant sleep products. Numerous infant deaths have been linked to the use of the following types of infant sleep products:
- In-bed sleepers
- Inclined sleepers
- Baby boxes
- Sleep hammocks
- Travel bassinets
- Compact bassinets
- Crib bumpers
Can You Recover Compensation for a Dangerous Baby Product?
Dangerous product claims following an infant’s injury or death are usually based on one of the following legal theories:
An unsafe design claim is made when a product is not safe for its intended or expected use. For example, infant inclined sleepers are not supported by research that says they are safe.
If a product is not safe because of a mistake that occurred during the manufacturing process, injured consumers (or their families in the case of baby products) may be able to bring a claim based on the defective manufacture.
Failure to Warn
Product manufacturers may be liable for injuries caused by their failure to provide clear instructions or adequate warnings about the danger of their products.
How Our Dangerous Product Attorneys Can Help
If your baby was injured or killed because of a dangerous baby product, Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can help. Our product liability lawyers have a strong track record of success, including over $100 million recovered in product liability claims. You can learn more about your legal rights and options when you contact us for a free case review.