Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) and multiple manufacturers announced recalls on Fisher-Price sleepers due to concerns about the product’s safety and the distressing fact that over 30 infant fatalities had occurred in them. Now, lawmakers are working to pass legislation to ban these companies from selling such dangerous products.
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This week, California Congressman Tony Cárdenas and other politicians introduced the Safe Sleep For Babies Act, which would prohibit the sale of sleepers “with an inclined surface of greater than 10 degrees that is intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for infants up to one year old.”
“I believe that we need to put American babies first, not profits,” Cárdenas stated. “Parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the sleep products they purchase are safe. As a grandfather, this is very concerning to me, which is why I am introducing the Safe Sleep for Babies Act which would ban these life-threatening products from store shelves.”
Over 30 Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
Rep. Cárdenas proposed the new bill alongside Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, who introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Cárdenas noted that, despite the shocking number of infant deaths linked to these inclined sleepers, there are still some versions being sold.
“There have been more than 30 deaths linked to recalled Fisher-Price sleeper products, yet other models that are just as dangerous remain on the market,” he said.
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And the death toll could still rise. Recalls are notoriously ineffective at removing products from the market and fatality reports have come into the CPSC since the April 12 recall, according to a senior agency official.
Dangerous Sleeper Kept on the Market, Even as Babies Died
Fisher-Price developed its popular Rock ‘n Play product based on faulty beliefs about infant sleep, with no clinical research into whether it was safe.
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“This product is deadly,” said Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley. “When parents purchase a product for their children, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is strong evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper put infants’ lives at risk.”
Instead of seeking the advice of pediatricians, the Fisher-Price product safety division consulted just a single doctor – a family physician from Texas whose expertise had already been doubted by judges and who would eventually lose his medical license.
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“Inclined sleep products like the Rock n’ Play are dangerous,” said Cory Watson attorney Ryan Lutz. “This bill takes important and necessary action to ban these products, protecting infant lives and helping prevent families from experiencing tragedy.”
At Cory Watson, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by dangerous products. This same team of attorneys recently secured a $25 million verdict on behalf of a California family against Nissan North America, so we’re prepared to take on corporations like Fisher-Price and Mattel on your behalf. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation.
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We understand that there’s nothing more important than the safety of family and friends, especially for our vulnerable children and grandchildren. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, our attorneys want to help.
Our compassionate team of attorneys can guide you through all the legal options, and help make sure that this preventable tragedy never happens again to another family. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or filling out the free initial consultation form on this page.