What’s the Problem?
In a letter shared with USA TODAY, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, requested data on “the design and safety” of the Graco Care Station Playard and Chicco’s Lullaby Playard products, both of which include an inclined sleep component.
“The recall of other inclined sleeper products and the continued sale of inclined nappers raises serious concerns about the internal and regulatory processes for introducing new products for infants and children into the market and the marketing tactics used to sell those products,” Maloney wrote in the letter, which called on both companies to provide documentation about their products’ safety by March 20, 2020.
An April 2019 Consumer Reports investigation linked inclined sleepers to at least 73 infant deaths and more than 1,000 incidents. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned consumers not to use any inclined sleeper products and asked manufacturers to remove their sleepers from the market. Several major retailers, including Amazon, eBay, and Walmart banned all inclined sleepers from their stores and websites in Dec. 2019.
Studies have found that inclined sleepers, which position babies at an incline of 10 to 30 degrees, are not a safe sleep environment because they can increase the risk of airway compression, suffocation, and death. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface that is free of bumpers and other soft bedding.
The U.S. House of Representatives in Dec. 2019 passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, which prohibits the sale of sleepers with an inclined surface of greater than 10 degrees for infants up to 1 year old.
“My bill will save lives,” said Congressman Tony Cárdenas, author of the bill. “The Safe Sleep for Babies Act will protect American babies by banning life-threatening inclined sleeper products from store shelves.”
Do I Have a Graco Playard Lawsuit?
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If your child or other loved one was harmed by an inclined sleeper, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.