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Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Swings Due to Fall Hazard

Steve Wagner

Fisher-Price has recalled 34,000 infant cradle swings due to a fall hazard. The recall involves three different cradle swings and is due to a problem with the swings’ seat pegs. Though there have not yet been injuries, multiple incidents have been reported to Fisher-Price. In these cases, the seat peg came out of the seat, a failure that could cause the seat to fall to the ground, potentially seriously injuring a baby. Such a fall could result in broken or fractured bones or even brain injury if the child were to tumble out of the seat and bump his or her head.

The three models included in the recall are:

  • CHM84 Soothing Savanna Cradle ‘n Swing
  • CMR40 Sweet Surroundings Cradle ‘n Swing
  • CMR43 Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle ‘n Swing.

All three models feature multiple swinging motions and speeds and retail at around $170. They were sold online and at big box stores such as Target and Buy Buy Baby between November 2015 and March 2016. Fisher-Price is asking parents to stop using the swings immediately and contact them for instruction on reassembly.

Nursery Items Injure Thousands Each Year

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that nearly 70,000 injuries to children under the age of five are caused by nursery products. This number may not account for all injuries, as the CPSC only counts injuries which require a trip to the emergency room. By far, falls were the leading cause of injury, with more injuries occurring to the head than any other body part. Injuries to the face were the second most common, and other injuries included internal organ injury, contusions, or lacerations.

Over a three-year period, child fatalities due to or related to nursery products average a little more than 100 each year. In many of these instances, the product itself did not cause death; however, the positional or environmental placement of the product created a danger. This is a meaningful difference in some ways, highlighting when the product itself caused injury and when there may have been a failure to communicate proper positioning or use of the product. In both cases, the family of an injured child may have a product liability case against the manufacturer of the product, but this will depend on the specific facts of the individual case.

Major offending products include cribs/mattresses, infant carriers, strollers/carriages, and high chairs. These items accounted for 66% of all injuries to children under five that were treated at emergency rooms across the country. With regard to deaths, five types of products were related to 86% of all child deaths due to nursery product use: cribs/mattresses, bassinets/cradles, playpens/play yards, infant carriers, and baby baths/bath seats. Asphyxiation has been the most frequent cause of infant death in these cases.

If your child has been injured because of a defective Fisher-Price product or any other nursery-related product, call the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese for more information. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses and the pain and suffering your child has endured. Schedule a free consultation with us today by calling (888) 204-8440.

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