6 month old dies in sleeper, family sues Fisher-Price

October 20, 2019

According to a news story in The Buffalo News, "Tre died nearly two years ago because the Fisher-Price sleeper he was in was not safe for babies to sleep in, his father, James R. Weigand Jr., alleges in a lawsuit filed this week against Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel.


“They put their son down for a nap and shortly thereafter, they came back and noticed that the child wasn’t breathing,” said the father’s attorney, Jed Dietrich. “It’s been an absolute catastrophe for the family. They’ll never recover completely.”The Weigands are the first Buffalo area family to sue Fisher-Price in state court over a death linked to the Rock 'n Play Sleeper. The East Aurora company recalled nearly 5 million of the sleepers in April after they were linked to the deaths of 10 babies nationwide. (The Buffalo News)


Additionally, according to a story in The Washington Post, it appears the Consumer Products Safety Commission may soon come under fire as well. From the article, "It was still something of a mystery why so many babies had died in inclined sleepers, even after millions of the popular products were recalled for safety concerns earlier this year.The Consumer Product Safety Commission didn’t have a good explanation. That’s one reason the agency allowed inclined sleepers, including Fisher-Price’s Rock ’n Play, to continue being sold despite a rising death toll. At one point, the CPSC blamed the problem on parents failing to properly strap in their babies. The agency knew of at least 32 deaths by the time Fisher-Price pulled the product from the market in April — sparking outrage over both the delayed reaction by regulators and the loss of a product that many parents said actually got their babies to sleep.The death toll eventually reached 59 babies — and still no clear explanation for what went wrong, the CPSC said. (The Washington Post)



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