The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is reporting an increase in
nursery-related injuries and deaths affecting kids younger than 5. According
to the CPSC’s annual report, there were 66,400 injuries involving
nursery products that required emergency room attention in 2006. In 2005,
there were 59,800 injuries.
High on the list of products involving serious injury accidents were play yard and cribs. 12,400 injuries and 43 deaths involving these products occur annually.
In 2007, 1.7 million play yards and cribs were recalled following reports of three deaths and a number of entrapment incidents. Graco and Simplicity products made up approximately 1 million of the products recalled.
Just last week, the CPSC and Munire Furniture Inc. recalled 24,000 cribs, including Majestic Curved Top and Flat Top Cribs, Essex Cribs, Brighton/Sussex Cribs and Captiva Cribs, because they did not meet federal safety standards. The failure of the four support brackets on the mattress to prevent the spring from going down to its minimum height can allow children to fall over the railing. The cribs were manufactured in Indonesia.
Suffocation, and entrapment caused by defective parts and too much bedding are among the leading causes of crib injures and deaths. Gas poisoning because of substances found in the mattresses can also lead to crib deaths. Fall injuries are also a common concern.
In its report, the CPSC’ nursery products-related injury list also included the following products:
- Infant Carriers
- Car Seats
- Changing Tables
- High Chairs
- Baby Walkers
- Baby Gates and Barriers
- Baby Bouncer Seats
- Portable Swings
- Baby Baths
- Bath Seats
Our products liability attorneys represent families throughout the United
States whose children have been injured or killed by a defective toy or
nursery products. We would be happy to discuss your case during a free
CPSC report on nursery-related deaths highlights crib and play yard dangers, ConsumerReports.org, February 28, 2008
Nursery Product-Related Injuries and Deaths Among Children Under Age Five, CPSC.gov (PDF)
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