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Infant Deaths Related to Crib Bumpers

Philadelphia products liability lawyers represent parents whose child's death was due to crib bumpers.Crib bumpers can be found in many stores where parents register for baby items, including Target, Amazon, Pottery Barn Kids, and Buy Buy Baby. Approximately 1.2 million sets of bumpers were purchased in the United States in 2018. This number could be deceiving if the bumpers came with a crib sheet set. It is impossible to know exactly how many parents are utilizing crib bumpers for babies. The question is whether these bumpers, which seem to be a mainstay in many baby nurseries, are safe for babies.

Many people have come to believe that crib bumpers contribute to the possibility of infant suffocation and death in the crib. These beliefs stem from a 2007 study by the Journal of Pediatrics, which concluded that about 27 baby deaths occurred over two decades in the U.S. as a result of asphyxiation by the bumpers. Consequently, many pediatricians will advise parents against installing bumpers in the crib.

Disagreement on Dangers Associated with Bumpers

The reason why bumpers are still available in most stores is that despite some evidence that the bumpers are linked to infant deaths, the federal government does not agree. As early as 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that it did not agree that bumpers were linked to infant deaths.

Scientists have argued that there is still much to learn about why some infants stop breathing in their sleep and there is disagreement about whether bumpers are a contributing factor to infant deaths.

One staff member at the CPSC who believes that bumpers are not linked to infant deaths is also the first one who sounded alarms regarding the risk of smothering babies when they sleep in the same bed as adults. It is important to note that Chicago and Maryland have banned the sales of bumpers. It is still unclear why the federal government has not followed statistics in multiple studies that suggest the bumpers contribute to infant deaths. One CPSC staff member stated that the bumpers serve to protect babies from getting their limbs caught between the crib slats.

This disagreement between the medical community, certain local and state jurisdictions, and the federal government leave the choice of whether to install bumpers to first-time parents.

Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Those Injured Due to Defective Products

If you or your child was hurt by crib bumpers or any other product, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of a products liability lawsuit. Recoveries are possible where the product has been recalled and you were not notified, or you were unaware of the dangers associated with the product. The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can assess the facts of your situation. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-8488. Located in Philadelphia, Media, and Abington, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.