What’s the Problem?
The Lullaby Playard is marketed as an all-in-one Folding Napper, Bassinet, Playard and Changing Station. However, the Playard comes with a hammock-shaped insert called the “Newborn Lounger” that is being blamed for the death of a baby in a recent lawsuit.
Thirty minutes after putting his infant son down for a nap in the Lullaby Dream Playard, Jayme Minnich of Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania, returned to find the baby on his back and not breathing. His wife performed CPR and then they rushed him to a hospital emergency room, but it was too late.
“This incident shows us yet again that this class of products is unsafe,” said Nancy Cowles, director of the nonprofit Kids In Danger. “Even before there were deaths, we knew inclined sleepers went against safe sleep recommendations. And now that we know there are deaths, every product in this class needs to be taken off the market.”
What’s the Problem with Inclined Sleepers?
Inclined sleepers are designed to position babies at a 10 to 30-degree incline, making it easier for them to roll over onto their stomachs. This puts them at risk for the following types of injuries:
- Neck Injuries
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Abdominal Injuries
- Other injuries/complications from restricted breathing, abdominal / neck muscle overexertion, or falls
Has the Chicco Playard Been Recalled?
In March 2020, a congressional committee asked Chicco U.S.A. to recall its Lullaby Playard, according to USA Today. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asked Chicco to provide further safety information about the company’s products, citing concerns about deaths linked to inclined sleepers. As of June 2020, the Chicco Playard has still not been recalled.
Do I Have a Chicco Playard Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Chicco Playard Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If your baby was harmed by an inclined sleeper, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.