By Arthur L. Bugay, Esq.
At the personal injury law firm of Galfand Berger, we represent clients injured by all types of consumer products. Of great concern to us is the increasing number of young victims seriously injured by defective and dangerous infant products. Here is a list of infant products which the United States government has declared to be unsafe and which manufacturers have voluntarily recalled:
1. City Versa strollers, made by Baby Jogger, LLC. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, “the stroller frame can fail to lock in place and [can] collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.”
2. The “Dream On Me” bath seat, imported by Dream On Me, Inc. and made in China, has been voluntarily recalled following five incident reports, including one of a near drowning of a 12 month old baby girl. Specifically, the product was recalled because the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that “the bath seats failed to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability. Specifically, the bath seats can tip over posing a risk of drowning to babies.”
3. The “Dream On Me Bed Rails” made in China and imported by Dream On Me, Inc. has been voluntarily recalled through the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Specifically, “the bed rail can separate from the mattress, allowing a child’s body to become entrapped if it slips between the rail and the mattress. This poses suffocation strangulation hazards to children.”
4. The “Nap Nanny” and “Chill Infant” recliners, made by Baby Matters, LLC are an object of Release Number 13-058, administrative complaint issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Release No. 13-058. The complaint seeks an order requiring that the firm notify the public of a defect to offer consumers a full refund. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announcement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received over 70 incident reports of children nearly falling out of the product. Its complaint alleges that the product’s, Nap Nanny Generation I and II and Chill model infant recliners, contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions which pose substantial risks of injury and death to infants. In July 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission was aware of one death that occurred in a Nap Nanny recliner and of 22 reports of infants hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny, even though most of the infants had been placed in the harness. Thereafter, despite improvements to the warnings instructions, the complaint alleges that additional deaths using the Nap Nanny recliners had been reported, including one in a Chill model. The Nap Nanny is a portable infant recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a shaped foam base with an inclined indentation for the baby to sit and a fitted fabric cover with a 3-point harness.
If your child has been injured by one of the unsafe infant products listed above, or another dangerous or defective product, contact the Philadelphia products liability attorneys at Galfand Berger to discuss your rights to seek compensation for your losses. We maintain offices in Center City Philadelphia, Bethlehem and Reading, Pennsylvania, as well as Burlington, New Jersey. We represent clients throughout the Philadelphia-Allentown-Harrisburg-South Jersey region, including Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Berks Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Salem and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey. Call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online.