Fisher-Price announced a recall on June 3, 2021, of the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders following the deaths of four infants.
The product recall was announced by Fisher-Price in conjunction with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Four infants have died when using the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide from Fisher-Price. According to reports, the four infants – a 4-month-old baby, two 2-month-old babies, and an 11-week-old baby – were placed in the gliders on their backs without being restrained and then found unresponsive on their stomachs.
The incidents happened between April 2019 and February 2020. So far, there have been no reported deaths of infants using the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Glider.
“These types of incidents are heart-breaking,” said Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “Loving parents put their babies in these products never expecting a tragedy. Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation.”
Chuck Scothon, the General Manager of Fisher-Price, released the following statement:
There is nothing more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families put in us. These incidents are indeed heart-breaking. We are committed to educating parents and caregivers on the safe use of all of our products, including the importance of following all warnings and instructions to ensure the health and safety of babies and children.
Which inclined glider models were recalled?
The recall includes the following products:
- CHP56, CHP55 and CBT81 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers
- GDD28, GDD39, GDD41, GGW85, GNX43, GVG43, HBD26 and HBD27 of the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders
Note: the HBT17 is sold only in Canada.
Both of the gliders have two modes of use: a power glider seat and an infant rocker. The products move side-to-side or head-to–toe in either of the modes. You can find the model number of the product underneath the base.
These products were sold at Walmart, Amazon, and Target. The 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers were sold between January 2014 and December 2020. The 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold between November 2018 and May 2021.
The CPSC encourages parents or guardians who own these products to stop using them immediately. You can seek a refund for your purchase by visiting www.service.mattel.com, or by calling 855-853-6224 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Are all inclined sleepers and gliders dangerous?
Yes, they are. There have been several recalls involving inclined sleepers over the past few years, as they create a risk of suffocation for babies. Suffocation deprives the child of oxygen, which can lead to irreparable brain damage. In the most tragic cases, a child will die as a result of these injuries.
The CPSC reminds parents that the best way for babies to sleep is on a flat surface in a crib, a firm surface, or in a play yard or bassinet. The infant’s sleeping environment should never include pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or any other items that can cause the baby to suffocate. Babies should always be put down to sleep on their backs.
What kinds of defects makes children’s products dangerous?
If your child has been injured by a defective product, you might have the basis for a product liability lawsuit. The Alabama defective product attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm can help you determine which type of lawsuit you should file against the product manufacturer, the designer, or the retailer.
- Defect with marketing: These lawsuits are also referred to as failure to warn lawsuits. A lawsuit of this type involves the failure to warn consumers of the danger of using the product. For example, the product is not labeled properly, which leads to improper use by the consumer for lack of education.
- Defect with manufacturing: This is a rare type of lawsuit, but is still possible if there was an error in the manufacturing of the product that harmed your child.
- Defect with design: This is the most common type of product liability lawsuit. The issue here happened when the product was being designed, which led to the child suffering an injury.
What kind of damages can I seek in a product liability claim?
If your child has been injured by a defective product, no matter if it was intended for a child or not, you can claim damages in a product liability lawsuit. Every product liability case is different and based on the severity of the injury suffered by your child. You can be compensated for the following damages in a product liability lawsuit:
- Loss of future earning potential
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium for the parents of the child who was injured
- Medical expenses for the care related to the injury (past, current, and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress of the parents from how the injury is impacting their lives
How to prove a product liability case
In order to receive compensation for your child’s injury, you will need to prove a series of items in a product liability lawsuit. You will need to prove the following in order to succeed in such a lawsuit:
- The product was being used appropriately
- The product was defective
- The defect of the product was the direct cause of the injury
Inclined sleepers and gliders pose a suffocation risk for babies. If your child was harmed by an inclined sleeper in any way, we want to help. The compassionate Alabama child injury lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm know how frightening it is to watch your child suffer through an injury. We hold product manufacturers responsible for defective products. Call our office at 205-206-6300 or complete our contact form. We represent clients in Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, and Montgomery.