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Recent Nursery Products Recalls of Play Yards, Pacifiers, and Cribs are Issued to Prevent Entrapment, Suffocation, Choking, and Fall Accidents

Already this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of three nursery products. The recalls are an effort to prevent potentially catastrophic accidents from causing injury to or killing young kids.
On April 2, the CPSC, with the cooperation of SunTech Enterprises, let the public know that about 1,900 convertible cribs were being recalled and any returns would lead to full refunds. The danger they are trying to remove is one that could lead to suffocation or entrapment.
The expanding mesh material that make up the crib sides may create a gap between the mattress and the side of the crib. This could make it easy for a young child to fall into the gap and suffocate or become entrapped. Also, the crib’s drop side, if not fully latched, can drop down unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. A five-month-old baby, however, did die last August from entrapment and suffocation in a nearly identical crib manufactured by the same company.

Just last week, the CPSC, along with Healthtex, announced that it was recalling about 40,000 Zoo Pacifiers because they failed to meet federal safety standards and are a choking hazard because the nipples can come off the base too easily. No injuries have been reported.
Also last week, Simplicity, along with the CPSC, announced the recall of about 25,000 Travel Tender Play Yards. An injury accident could result if even one of the rails collapses without warning, creating an entrapment hazard or a fall danger. To date, there have been at least five incidents involving a collapsed rail. No injuries have been reported.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • In 2005, nearly 60,000 kids younger than age five were seen in US emergency rooms for injuries involving nursery products.
  • Falls are the leading cause of nursery-related injuries.
  • From 2001 to 2003, there were 182 nursery-related deaths.
  • In 2006, nursery products caused injury to about 66,400 kids.

Simplicity Play Yards Recalled by Various Retailers Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards, CPSC, April 7, 2009
Pacifiers Recalled by Healthtex Due to Choking Hazard, CPSC, April 7, 2009
SunKids Convertible Cribs Recalled by Suntech Enterprises Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards, CPSC, April 2, 2009
Nursery Product-Related Injuries and Deaths to Children Under Age 5, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
Related Web Resources:
Nursery-related product injuries on the rise, CNN, February 28, 2008
Products Liability News, Justia

Our products liability law firm represents families throughout the US whose infants or young children sustained serious injuries or died because of defective nursery products. Contact Gilbert & Ollanik, PC today.

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