Our children deserve the best. As parents, we carefully choose products that will help them grow and keep them safe. When companies knowingly betray consumer trust, innocent children pay the price.
The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has been harming infants since 2011, and now 4.7 million models are finally being recalled. If your child or a loved one’s child has been injured by a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, please keep reading to learn more about the recall and your legal options.
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Are Dangerous for Babies
Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was supposed to provide a cradle of support for sleeping infants. However, the dangerous design caused the death of nearly 40 babies.
Fisher-Price “stands by” their products’ safety, but they issued a voluntary recall anyway as reports of infant deaths began to pour in. As part of this recall, families using the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper are advised to stop using the product immediately and are eligible for a refund or credit to replace the defective sleeper.
Fisher-Price “Voluntary Recall” Is Urgent
While the title “voluntary recall” sounds like a non-urgent, cautious gesture by the manufacturer, this is not the case. “Voluntary” means the recall was included as part of the negotiations with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is in charge of making sure products on the market are safe. Still, Fisher-Price has continued to manufacture the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper despite reports of infant deaths dating back to 2011.
Fisher-Price claims the injuries and deaths were as a result of user error — specifically, parents failing to strap their infants into the seat. However, the curved shape of the seat causes infants to slide forward in the chair and their heads to roll forward, leading to asphyxiation. Children have also died in the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper after suffocating from rolling onto their side or stomach.
The medical community advocates that infants are safest sleeping on their back on a flat surface. Marketing a curved sleeper where children are strapped in is contrary to those safety guidelines and puts children at risk. Furthermore, these chairs were marketed as “sleepers” that would safely support children without parental supervision, but when children were left unattended, the results were deadly.
What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Product Liability Case?
If your child or a loved one’s child suffered because of the defective Rock ‘n Play Sleeper design, you could be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages from taking time to be with your family after a loss, and even emotional damage. However, you only have two years to file a product liability suit in Oklahoma before the statute of limitations expires.
You deserve every opportunity to keep your family safe and comfortable. Speaking with a compassionate, experienced attorney will help you decide what’s best for your family and determine your legal options.
What to Do if A Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Injured Your Child
If a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has harmed your child, you have options. If you and your family decide to seek justice through the courts, don’t throw the sleeper away and don’t return it as part of the recall. Instead, keep the sleeper, as it is a critical piece of evidence in your case. It’s also in your best interest to contact a skilled and experienced product liability attorney right away.
Atkins & Markoff Gets Justice for Infants and Their Families
At Atkins and Markoff, we understand how much trust consumers put into products for our children. When a company’s negligence causes our children to suffer, they deserve to be held accountable.
If your child has suffered because of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, please contact us today by calling 405-758-5836 or completing this brief form. We’ll evaluate your case for free and help you discern the best course of action for you and your family.
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