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The children’s product company Kids II recalled about nearly 700,000 of its Rocking Sleepers after five infant deaths were reported. According to Consumer Reports, the recall includes all models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers made from March 2012 through April 2019 such as the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper and the Bright Starts Playtime to Bedtime Rocking Sleeper.
Kids II makes baby products for brands such as Baby Einstein, Ingenuity, Bright Starts and Disney Baby. The company is offering refunds for their recalled baby rockers. The recalled products were sold nationwide at Wal-Mart, Target, Toys “R” Us and online from March 2012 to this month, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The sleepers were sold for between $40 and $80.
The Danger of Inclined Sleepers
The Kids II recall comes just two weeks after Fisher-Price recalled all 4.7 million of their Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after Consumer Reports investigated the matter and reported that the product was linked to at least 38 infant deaths. The children who died in these sleepers suffered from suffocation and strangulation due to faulty product design. CPSC has urged parents and caregivers to stop using these products immediately.
In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has warned that inclined sleepers don’t align with safe sleep guidelines, which state that babies should put to bed alone on their backs on a firm flat surface, not an incline, free of restraints and soft bedding. All inclined sleepers such as those made by Kids II, Fisher-Price and other companies, increase the risk of suffocation and strangulation, according to the AAP.
Safe Sleep Tips
The stories of parents losing their babies to products they trusted, have been heartbreaking. There are several steps parents and caregivers would be well advised to take to ensure that their babies are safe while sleeping. Safe sleep techniques can protect infants from sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS and other dangers such as choking and suffocation.
Put your baby to sleep on his or her back on a flat, firm surface such as a crib or a bassinet. Do this every time your baby sleeps, including naps. Put your baby to sleep in his or her own crib or bassinet. Don’t have two babies share a crib or bed. Don’t use sleep positioners such as nests or anti-roll pillows. They could cause your baby to stop breathing. Keep crib bumpers, loose bedding, toys and other soft objects out of your baby’s crib.
If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective baby product or nursery product, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.