BREAKING NEWS: The Consumer Product Safety Commission bans a variety of unregulated baby sleep products linked to at least 90 infant deaths.
If your infant was injured or killed in an inclined sleeper like the Fisher-Price® Rock ‘n Play™ baby sleeper, you may be able to file a lawsuit to pursue financial compensation. Rock ‘n Play Sleeper lawsuit settlements may help cover any medical or funeral expenses and more. Sokolove Law has decades of experience handling personal injury and product recall cases like these.
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Recalls
When the Consumer Product Safety Commission initially investigated the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Fisher-Price argued that:
- They didn’t believe “any deaths have been caused by the product”
- The deaths of children in the Rock ‘n Play were instead caused by parents improperly using the product and violating safety warnings and instructions
- The product was safe if parents stopped using the sleeper once their baby could roll over, usually around 3 months of age
Two weeks later, when babies even younger than 3 months old who couldn’t yet roll over were also being injured in the Rock ‘n Play, the company issued a full recall of the defective product — all 4.7 million baby sleepers sold.
In June 2021, following a 20-month investigation, a new congressional report linked more than 50 infant deaths to the Rock N’Play Sleeper. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, accused Fisher-Price of “corporate greed ” as well as endangering lives “simply to help its bottom line.”
“Fisher-Price ignored multiple warnings that the Rock ‘n Play was not safe for infant sleep, including reports of infant injuries and deaths. Despite this clear evidence, the company continued to market the Rock ‘n Play for overnight sleep, reaping hundreds of millions in revenue during the 10 years the product was on the market.”
An April 2019 Washington Post report found that:
“Fisher-Price developed its revolutionary product based on faulty beliefs about infant sleep, with no clinical research into whether it was safe, and, rather than seeking the advice of pediatricians, consulted just a single doctor…In fact, the first time Fisher-Price hired a pediatrician to evaluate the Rock ‘n Play was eight years later, as part of the company’s defense in a product liability lawsuit.”
Now, dozens of infant deaths have been linked to the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, according to lawsuits involving the recalled sleeper — and many devastated families are left wondering how this was able to happen and what they can do about it now.
You may be eligible to pursue compensation if your baby was seriously or fatally injured as a result of an inclined infant sleeper like the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play.
Get started on your free consultation today to learn what legal options may be available to you.
Additional Infant Inclined Sleeper Recalls
Multiple brands of inclined infant sleepers have been pulled from the market both before and after the Fisher-Price recall, including:
- Kids II® recalled 700,000 inclined rocking sleepers two weeks after the Fisher-Price recall due to at least five infant fatalities that occurred in the product since 2012
- Graco recalled 111,000 Little Lounger Rocking Seats™ in January 2020 due to risk of suffocation
- Kolcraft recalled the inclined sleeper accessory included in over 50,000 Cuddle ‘n Care and Preferred Position 2-in-1 Bassinets & Incline Sleepers™ in February 2020
- Summer Infant recalled over 46,000 inclined SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers due to the risk of suffocation in January 2020
- The Dorel Juvenile Group USA recalled 24,000 Eddie Bauer® Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinets™ and Disney® Baby Doze and Dream Rockers™ in July 2019 due to risk of infant fatalities
- Delta Enterprise Corp. recalled almost 6,000 branded incline sleepers with adjustable feeding positions for newborns in January 2020
- Evenflo recalled over 3,000 inclined Pillo Portable Nappers™ due to the risk of suffocation in January 2020
- Update (as of June 7, 2021): Fisher-Price recalled its 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers, after four infants who were placed on their backs and unrestrained died
- 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Glider, was also recalled. No deaths have been linked to it yet
The above list of inclined sleepers is not exhaustive. If your child was injured in a different brand of inclined infant sleep products, you may be eligible to take legal action. Learn what legal options you may have today in a free consultation.
Who’s Eligible to Take Legal Action
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit over your child’s inclined sleeper injuries if:
- You owned an inclined infant sleeper
- Your child was under one year of age when injured in the sleeper
- Your child required medical treatment or died as a result of the injury
Learn more about your potential legal options with a free case evaluation today.
How to File a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Lawsuit
With the help of an experienced legal team, filing a Rock ‘n Play lawsuit can be a surprisingly simple process for you and your family.
Though every case can be different, filing a lawsuit generally follows the same steps, including:
- Determining your eligibility for legal action with a free consultation
- Building your case by gathering evidence of your claim
- Filing your lawsuit against the companies responsible for harming your family
- Negotiating a settlement offer with the defendant, possibly without going to court
- Trying your case before a jury in court if a settlement is not reached
As a national law firm with decades of experience, Sokolove Law is prepared to help you understand your rights and make sense of the legal process every step of the way. Fill out the form on this page to get started today.