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Inclined Sleeper Lawsuit

Inclined Sleeper Lawsuit

Lawsuits have been filed after 6 million inclined baby sleepers were recalled after at least 92 reports of baby deaths from suffocation.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting inclined baby sleeper induced injury cases in all 50 states. If your child was injured or died in a recalled inclined sleeper, napper, or bassinet, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Inclined Sleepers Linked to 92 Infant Deaths Since 2005

An investigation by Consumer Reports linked the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper to another 19 infant deaths since June 2019. The Rock ‘n Play was recalled in April 2019 after another 32 deaths were reported.

Overall, inclined sleepers are now linked to 92 infant deaths in the U.S., plus more than 1,100 serious injuries and close calls, according to Consumer Reports.

Lawmakers Ask Graco, Chicco to Recall More Inclined Sleepers

In March 2020, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asked Graco to consider recalling Care Station Playards and Chicco to recall Lullaby Playards. Lawmakers are concerned because these portable crib products contain inclined sleeper accessories that may pose a suffocation hazard for babies. Click here to read more.

Kolcraft Recalls Inclined Sleeper Accessories

In February 2020, Kolcraft recalled 51,000 inclined sleeper accessories for bassinets because they pose a suffocation hazard for babies. No incidents or injuries were reported. The recall involves the following products:

  • Kolcraft Cuddle ‘n Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleepers (model number starting with KB063)
  • Kolcraft Preferred Position 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleepers (model number starting with KB061).

Major Retailers Ban Sales of Inclined Baby Sleepers

Amazon, eBay, Buy Buy Baby, Walmart, Albee Baby and other retailers are banning sales of all inclined sleepers because they pose an unacceptable risk of suffocation and death.

Over 165,000 Inclined Baby Sleepers Recalled by 4 Manufacturers

On January 29, 2020, over 165,000 inclined baby sleepers were recalled by four manufacturers due to the risk of suffocation, including:

Safety Experts Warn Parents to Stop Using Inclined Sleepers due to Deadly Suffocation Hazards

In October 2019, safety officials warned parents and caregivers not to use inclined sleep products for babies due to a risk of suffocation and death. From 2005 through 2019, the CPSC received reports of 1,108 incidents, including 73 infant deaths.

After the CPSC hired independent experts to study the problem, the experts found that no inclined sleep product was safe for infant sleep. However, products with inclines of 10º or less, with flat and rigid surfaces, are likely safe for infant sleep.

Baby Sleeper Lawsuits & Class Actions

In April 2019, a grieving family from Delaware filed a class action lawsuit (PDF) against Fisher-Price after their 3 month-old daughter suffocated and died in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper within a few minutes. They say the recall came “far too late” and accuse the company of ignoring warning signs and selling a dangerous product.

What is the Problem?

Baby sleepers, also known as inclined bassinets, pose a deadly suffocation hazard for babies. The products are designed to make babies sleep at an incline between 10º and 30º — but the problem is that all of these products increase the risk of airway compression, suffocation, and death.

How Do Babies Suffocate?

Babies can roll over from their back to their stomach or side and suffocate against the fabric walls of the sleeper. Another problem is that very young infants who can’t hold their head up can suffocate if their chin touches their chest and compresses their airway, in a condition known as positional asphyxia.

Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat Recall

In January 2020, Graco recalled over 110,000 of the Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat, an inclined rocking seat and vibrating lounger product that was sold from 2013 through 2018 at Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for about $80. No incidents or injuries were reported.

Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper Recall

In January 2020, Evenflo recalled about 3,100 Pillo Portable Nappers. The inclined sleeper products were sold from May 2017 through January 2020 at Target, Kohl’s, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, JC Penney, Walmart and other stores for about $75.

Delta Children Recalls Disney Baby, Beautyrest, Simmons, Other Inclined Sleepers

In January 2020, Delta Enterprise Corp. recalled about 5,900 inclined sleepers with adjustable feeding positions for newborns, including brands such as Disney Baby, Beautyrest, Delta Children, Simmons, and more.

They were sold from January 2017 through December 2018 at stores nationwide, Amazon.com, Kmart, and ToysRUs.com. The following inclined sleepers were recalled:

  • Beautyrest Beginnings Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
  • Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
  • Delta Children Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Sleeper
  • Simmons Kids Beautyrest Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder, and Sleeper
  • 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Incline Sleeper
  • And others

SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper Linked to Suffocation Hazard

In January 2020, safety officials warned that Summer Infant’s SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper poses a risk of suffocation and death for babies. The product is an inclined bassinet that poses a similar safety hazard as other inclined baby sleepers that have been linked to dozens of deaths. An official recall was announced on January 29, 2020.

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Baby Sleeper Recall

In April 2019, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after they were linked to 32 deaths since 2009. The babies died when they “rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances” according to the recall posted by the CPSC.

Kids II Baby Sleeper Recalls

In April 2019, Kids II Inc. recalled all models of Rocking Sleepers after 5 baby deaths were reported since 2012.

The recall involves products sold under brand-names such as Disney Baby, Bright Starts, DreamComfort, and Ingenuity. They were sold at major stores like Walmart, Target and Toys ‘R Us between March 2012 and April 2019 for approximately $40 to $80.

The following baby sleepers are included in the recall:

  • Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper: 10081
  • Rock & Dream Sleeper – Iggy: 10126
  • Ingenuity Rock And Dream Sleeper Lucy: 10127
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Cuddle Giraffe: 10148
  • Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper: 10178
  • Ingenuity Smartrock Poweradapt Sleeper Cambridge: 10289
  • Ingenuity Rock N’ Soothe Sleeper Dayton: 10292
  • Automatic Rock ‘N Soothe Sleeper – Cuddle Lamb: 10320
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Cuddle Lion: 10380
  • Ingenuity Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper Vesper: 10568
  • Bright Starts Toucan Tango Rocking Sleeper: 10729
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Zoo Zoo Zebra: 10872
  • DreamComfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper – Whitley: 10888
  • DreamComfort Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper – Addington: 10890
  • Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper Jungle Bursts: 11021
  • Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Rocking Sleeper Jungle Blooms: 11022
  • Rock n’ Soothe Sleeper – Moxley: 11063
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Lullaby Lion: 11164
  • Ingenuity Rock N’ Soothe Sleeper Sunny Snuggles: 11171
  • Ingenuity Rock N’ Soothe Sleeper Dayton: 11357
  • Ingenuity Dream Comfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper Braden: 11429
  • DreamComfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper – Anders: 11714
  • Automatic Rock ‘n Soothe Sleeper – Nolan: 11792
  • Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper – Jungle Garden: 11894
  • Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper – Evening Safari: 11895
  • Automatic Rock ‘n Soothe Sleeper – Flora the Unicorn: 11962
  • Automatic Rock N Soothe Sleeper – Nolan – Display: 12115
  • Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper Nestling Vine: 60130
  • Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper: 60131
  • Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper: 60163
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Emerson: 60327
  • Disney Baby/Bright Starts Bows & Butterflies Sleeper Minnie Mouse: 60328
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Lullaby Lamb: 60331
  • Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper Playful Pinwheels: 60401
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Winslow: 60600
  • Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Seneca: 60635

Ultra-Lite Play Yard Baby Sleeper Recall

In June 2019, Fisher-Price recalled about 71,000 inclined baby sleeper accessories for all models of the Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard due to a serious safety hazard.

No deaths were reported, but the recalled sleeper has dangerous design, according to the recall notice:

“Infant fatalities have been reported while using other inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”

Disney & Eddie Bauer Baby Sleeper Recall

In August 2019, a recall was issued for Disney & Eddie Bauer Baby Sleepers because the inclined bassinets because babies can potentially roll over and suffocate, or die under other circumstances.

The recall involves about 24,000 of the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Bassinet (Model #BT055CSY) and the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet (Model #BT071DHS). They were sold at Target, Kmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other stores between November 2014 and February 2017 for about $60.

Do I have an Inclined Baby Sleeper Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting inclined baby sleeper induced injury cases in all 50 states. If your child was injured or died in a recalled inclined sleeper, napper, or bassinet, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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