More than 5 million inclined baby sleepers have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after the products have been linked to at least 73 baby deaths. Despite advancements to get these dangerous products off the market, inclined infant sleepers are still for sale and in homes. Just this month, a recall was announced for Kolcraft infant bassinets and inclined sleepers.
Our child safety lawyers help families who suffer the unthinkable loss of a child. Recently, our lawyers obtained a significant recovery for a family whose baby died of positional asphyxia while in an infant carrier. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who leads our product liability legal team, filed a report about the death with the CPSC, who then issued an official warning about the suffocation risk associated with baby slings.
“How many more babies will die before action is taken to protect our most vulnerable citizens? Every baby product associated with death and serious injury should be recalled immediately.” Attorney Fred Pritzker
A study commissioned by the CPSC analyzed inclined sleeper incident data, product design, and infant movement on flat and inclined surfaces to understand the impact of inclined sleepers on safety. Researchers concluded that none of the sleepers tested were safe for infant sleep. According to safe sleep recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should be placed on a firm, flat surface in their own space with no extra bedding.
In December of 2019, Congress advanced legislation that would ban infant inclined sleep products and crib bumper pads.