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What’s the Problem?
Jan. 17, 2020 – CPSC said that while the SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper has not been linked to any injuries or deaths, it does present a suffocation risk based on the agency’s evaluation of the product, how it is used, and a third-party’s expert analysis.
SUMR Brands, formerly known as Summer Infant, Inc., discontinued the SwaddleMe Sleeper in 2018 but has not recalled the product, despite the CPSC urging the company to do so. The sleeper is still available for sale, and may still be being used by consumers who purchased them, the agency said.
CPSC does not have the power to force companies to recall their products, and may only issue warnings on potentially defective and/or dangerous products. The agency will continue to press SUMR Brands for a recall on the SwaddleMe Sleeper, according to the press release.
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The warning follows a recall of 4.7 million Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleepers and other similar inclined sleepers sold by Kids II and Dorel. Inclined sleepers have been linked to at least 73 deaths and more than 1,000 incidents, including serious injuries, according to the CPSC.
What Makes Inclined Sleepers So Dangerous?
From 2005 to 2019, inclined sleeper products were associated with at least 73 infant deaths and 1,000+ incidents, including serious injuries, according to the CPSC. A subsequent investigation found that none of the inclined beds and swings they tested were safe for sleep.
Additionally, between 2009 and 2022, at least 14 infants died after falling asleep in inclined rockers manufactured by Fisher-Price and Kids2. (Note: these numbers were calculated before the 80+ recent infant deaths linked to inclined sleepers).
Inclined sleepers position babies at a steep and unsafe-for-sleep incline ranging from 10 to 30+ degrees! This is problematic because babies’ heads are heavy, and their necks are weak, so when their heads droop down toward their chest when sleepy, their neck muscles are often not strong enough to lift them back up, which can result in suffocation.
At the same time, there’s the risk that the inclined sleeper’s restraining belt can potentially slide up and cut off Baby’s airflow and lead to suffocation or strangulation. Many of the recalled inclined sleepers also feature plush surfaces that pose an additional suffocation risk if the infant leans their face onto the soft surface.
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Do I Have a SwaddleMe Sleeper Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in SwaddleMe Sleeper Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and are currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was injured by a SwaddleMe By Your Bed Infant Sleeper, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.