December 1, 2011
Most parents think they are shielding their child from getting hurt when they put bumper pads in cribs. This protective layer of quilted and padded material lining a crib is believed to keep a baby from injuries caused by trapping limbs between slats on a crib and hitting their heads. According to the Chicago Tribune though, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now saying that the pads should not be used as they may present a hazard of suffocation, strangulation, and entrapment.
Investigations found old reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) alleging that bumper pads have been the cause of baby injuries. The group has failed to take a stance against the products use because of inconclusive data as to whether the bumper caused the child’s death or another factor. An investigative report uncovered nearly 30 cases of infant deaths suspected to be caused by bumper pads.
The CPSC has now changed its stance after finding that although the number of sudden infant death syndrome cases had declined in the last several years, the number of sleep-related deaths from asphyxia and entrapment have increased.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm often handle cases where a family has lost a loved one due to a product malfunction. They believe manufacturers have a responsibility to release safe products onto the market. Contact us today by filling out a free initial consultation form if you have questions about the wrongful death of a loved one.