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“No one should be using this product. No one. Not a newborn, not a 2-week-old, nobody should be in these types of products.”
Fisher-Price has sold over 4 million units of its Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, which advertises that it allows babies to “sleep at a comfortable incline”. However, this and similar products allow babies to sleep at a dangerous angle, causing permanent injuries and even death.
Jan Hinson is an attorney with the Law Offices of Jan V. Hinson. She has over 20 years of legal experience and offices in Greenville, South Carolina, and Alpharetta, Georgia. She discovered her 7-week-old grandson lifeless and blue in the face after using an inclined sleeper. Doctors revived the child, but injuries related to this sleeper design have been widely reported. Hinson says that there are over 450 incidents of harm occurring from inclined sleeper products, and upwards of 90 deaths.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-364-0226 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
The Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper is not the first product designed for infants without pediatrician approval, but it is designed in such a way that significantly heightens the risk of infant injuries/death.
Positional asphyxia occurs when a baby’s head falls too far forward, stressing airflow through the trachea and restricting the infant’s diaphragm, causing the baby to suffocate. This is why it’s important not to leave your baby in a reclining position in any device for too long, including baby swings and car seats.
Babies use their diaphragm to breathe, so it’s best for them to lay flat, and because they have very little control over their neck, they cannot move their own head if their position is making it hard to breathe. Inclined sleepers do not account for an infant’s lack of neck control, nor do they account for a baby’s positive pressure reflex, which causes them to try to push into a standing position when something is taut under their feet. This enables them to outmaneuver the restraints and cause many of them to turn over and find themselves unable to turn back, suffocating.
It was presumed that the industry’s standard for bassinet design accounted for a flat surface for the baby to lie on their back upon, but because this was not specifically communicated, the Rock ‘N Play Sleeper (in addition to sleepers from other manufacturers) includes an incline. Any good doctor and most parents know that an incline puts your child at high risk for dangers like positional asphyxia and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was recalled in 2019, but unfortunately, other manufacturers have come out with similar products since then, despite the increase in infant deaths. It can take time for word of a recall to spread. If you know someone with a baby, it’s a good idea to ask if they’ve heard about the risks these inclined sleepers pose, and if they know about the recall.
Currently, the litigation instituted by attorneys like Hinson includes class action lawsuits already filed against the company, as well as individual lawsuits filed by families of the infants injured/killed in these devices. If you think your child might have been harmed in this or a similar sleeper, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim and should seek legal help immediately.
If your child was injured/killed in this or a similar sleeper product, do not throw the device away. Hold onto the product as evidence for your attorney. If the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has already taken the product, ask for it to be returned to you so your attorney can advise you how to use it in your case to seek legal compensation for your family and your child.
To learn more, contact Jan Hinson directly by calling 888-364-0226 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
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