Crib Death & Injury


Crib accident injuries and deaths are difficult to comprehend. Parents spend hours researching and building cribs for their little ones. Parents conduct the research to ensure their child’s safety. Parents would never intentionally buy a product that did not keep their child safe. A baby’s crib should be an injury free space. A crib is supposed to be a safe place for your child to rest. Indeed, even the most thorough crib research or crib installed based on the manufacturer instructions can lead to child injuries and death. It’s not a parent’s fault. Manufacturers need to put more money into safely building and testing cribs. Companies owe a duty to families to produce safe cribs. The manufacturers must follow specific design and safety standards as outlined by federal and state safety regulations. As a result, if a manufacturer is improperly selling crib and child products that do not meet regulatory standards, children may suffer injuries from the product.

No parent should ever have to worry when a child is in a crib. Parents rely and trust that a manufacturer would never put a crib into commerce that was unsafe. Unfortunately, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may sometimes sell unsafe products. If your child has been injured in a crib accident, seek immediate medical attention, and then, contact a Crib Injury Lawyer.

Crib Death & Recall Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) governs and regulates the dangers of certain consumer products. If a consumer product is deemed unsafe, the manufacturer must recall the product. Cribs may be recalled for all sorts of reasons, including, risk of injury and falls, entrapment, suffocation, and design defects. The only way to prevent manufacturers, distributers, and retailers from selling faulty and dangerous child products goods is to hold the companies accountable. If your baby suffers an injury or dies as the result of a faulty crib, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Money will never replace a child, but filing a lawsuit may place pressure on the company to remove the product from stores, which may lead to fewer child injuries.

In 2009, The CPSC issued a voluntary recall for 2 million cribs. The crib recall removed drop-side style cribs from the market. The drop-side crib was recalled due to its ineffective drop-side plastic hardware. The recall notice was to remove cribs that had: flimsy hardware, breakable hardware, missing hardware, improper instructions, etc. Additionally, the crib was designed dangerously because when the drop-side of the drop-side crib was down, it created a space or gap, which may trap small children. Sadly, because children are so small, a child is unable to lift themselves to safety and may end up suffocating or falling.

History Of Defective Baby Crib Deaths

For decades, careless manufacturers have produced and distributed untested cribs, faulty cribs, and/or unsafe cribs. Crib deaths and injuries date back more than 70 years. Notably, in the 1970’s, crib deaths occurred frequently due to inadequate structures. Thereafter, strict laws were enacted to enforce crib safety guidelines.

News reports and coverage of faulty crib designs places parents and manufacturers on notice of unsafe cribs, yet the unsafe cribs continue to enter the market. Sadly, a majority of the crib recalls occur only after a child has died or suffered a significantly injury.

Parental Reminder

The CPSC is a great resource to learn about and research children and baby products. As a warning, the CPSC asks parents to never use a crib that is missing parts, broken, or put together with loose parts. Parents are asked to make sure that hardware is tight and the crib is sturdy. Also, make sure that the crib’s functionality is the same as advertised. By taking the above-mentioned precautions, parents may discover that their child’s crib is unsafe, before it leads to a traumatic event or injury.

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