Fisher-Price's Rock 'n Play infant sleeper has been recalled due serious safety concerns. The company acknowledges at least 32 Rock 'n Play deaths of infants. The recall comes at the urging of Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics, who say the inclined sleeper violates the basic tenets of safe sleep recommendations. Parents and caregivers of young children are being urged to immediately discontinue use of the deadly Rock 'n Play and instead put babies to sleep on firm, flat, wide surfaces.
A careful look into the design, development, and marketing of the product shows concerns over Rock 'n Play sleeper dangers were raised frequently since the product was first developed and released in 2009. A total of 4.7 million Rock 'n Play sleepers have been sold in the United States, or approximately one Rock 'n Play per every 8 babies born during that time span. Most of these dangerous Rock 'n Play sleepers are likely still in use in homes across America, and many parents have no knowledge of the Rock 'n Play fatality risk. Fisher Price is a subsidiary of Mattel, which brought in roughly $4.5 billion in sales in 2018.
There is nothing more tragic than the unnecessary death of an innocent baby. Parents and caregivers trust that leading companies take consumer safety seriously, but sadly this is not always the case. When innocent children and families have been harmed as a result of corporate negligence and greed, our attorneys see it as their deepest mission to pursue justice and hold corporations accountable. Parents and families whose baby died in a Rock 'n Play or suffered a near-death incident as a result of this dangerous inclined sleeper may be eligible for significant compensation through filing a Rock 'n Play lawsuit. To learn more, please contact our Rock 'n Play lawyers for a free consultation.
Our attorneys representing families in Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play lawsuits are experts in the realm of family safety litigation. As the nationâ€™s leading firm working in window blind safety lawsuit over the course of two decades, our attorneys possess great sensitivity to the needs of families who have lost a child as a result of a dangerous or defective product. While no one outside of it can fully understand the depth of this grief, we are familiar with the needs of a family suffering an egregious loss. At the same time, we have the expertise and resources that combine to provide the premier legal representation for Fisher Price Rock 'n Play lawsuits. Contact us today to discuss your situation. We will be happy to answers your questions to the fullest extent possible.
Fisher-Price developed the dangerous inclined sleeper based on the idea of a designer who also happened to be a dad. His pediatrician suggested putting his baby at an incline to relieve acid reflux, sparking an idea for an inclined sleeping product. The design ran counter to the American Academy of Pediatrician (AAP)'s "Back to Sleep" campaign. It also violated emerging bassinet and cradle standards at the time, established to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Rather than interpreting these overt conflicts as a sign that the device should not be marketed, representatives of Mattel, Fisher-Price's parent company, advocated for an exemption from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)'s mandatory sleeper standards. Surprisingly, the CPSC chose to instead create a new category of products, "inclined sleepers", which would later be subject to a separate set of regulations. Unlike bassinets and cribs, which were required to feature a sleeping surface with an incline of under five degrees, these devices specifically permitted a great angle of incline. The deadly Rock 'n Play sleeper has a 30 degree angle, as well as cushioning on either side of the infantâ€™s head--another "Safe to Sleep" no-no.
Despite multiple reports of Rock 'n Play deaths beginning in 2011, as well as pushback from Australia, Canadian, and British safety experts, Rock 'n Play sleepers were marketed in the United States as "safe for all-night sleep" until April of 2019 when the CPSC finally recalled the product. The Rock 'n Play recall was the last step in a series of inadequate Rock 'n Play warnings beginning in 2018. Fisher-Price now acknowledges 32 confirmed Rock 'n Play sleeper deaths, though company executives claim the deaths are a result of improper use of the device or contributing factors such as illness.
Infant safety experts including pediatricians and consumer advocates say Rock 'n Play sleepers and the entire product class is unsafe and should be eliminated. Another product in this class, the Kids II Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper, has also been linked to inclined sleeper infant deaths.
It is a sad fact that sometimes only the threat of litigation leads a company to take steps to remove a dangerous product from the market. In the case of the deadly Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Fisher Price has been receiving feedback from federal regulators, pediatricians, and safety experts since 2009 that its product was unsafe. Yet it took extreme pressure, starting with an investigative piece from Consumer Reports, then a stern statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and finally a recall from the United States CPSC, to get this dangerous product off the market.
In light of all this, we believe it is vitally important for families harmed by this dangerous device to file Rock 'n Play Sleeper lawsuits against Fisher Price. The threat of litigation and major settlements may be the only reason a company like this prioritizes safety in the future. If your family has been harmed by Rock 'n Play sleepers, please contact our firm to learn how you can get involved. The efforts of families today may serve to protect children of the future.
The national* products liability attorneys at Onder Law have a long track record of success in the arena of consumer law related to dangerous and defective products. When American families are harmed by corporate greed or negligence, we see it as our duty to pursue justice, no matter how complex the case. Our lawyers believe families who suffered from a defective product should be eligible for real compensation by filing a claim.
Our experienced products liability lawyers have represented countless American families in consumer safety litigation and have seen the aftereffects of numerous product recalls. Our law firm is offering its significant resources to provide clients with the best legal representation possible. Our attorneys will provide a free case review to persons and family members of persons who have been harmed by a defective product. Our goal is to secure the compensation these families need and deserve, while simultaneously holding manufacturers accountable for product safety.
We will represent all persons involved in a Fisher-Price sleeper lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please contact our firm.
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