Baby Sling Settlement
Written by Faith Anderson on September 16, 2013
$8 Million Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Suit Over Recalled Baby Sling
Infantino, LLC has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a woman whose son suffocated to death while using the company’s baby sling.
A Philadelphia woman has reached an $8 million settlement with Infantino, LLC, the maker of the recalled Infantino baby sling, over the death of her two-month-old child, which she claims was caused by defects in the product design. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Anthionette Medley in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in June 2010, following the death of her son Nelsir in February 2009. According to allegations raised in the complaint, which was resolved shortly before trial was scheduled to begin on September 9, the infant suffocated against Medley’s body while in the Infantino baby sling. If you used a baby sling or another potentially defective children’s product, and your child has suffered injury or death as a result, contact a skilled product liability lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options.
Infant Deaths Linked to Infantino Baby Sling
The Infantino SlingRider baby sling was recalled in March 2010, following the death of Nelsir Medley and at least two other infants, including a six-day-old child in Oregon and a three-month-old child in Ohio. More than one million of the baby slings were affected by the recall, and during the same month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also warned against the use of other baby slings using a similar design, citing the suffocation deaths of seven children in 11 years as cause for serious concern. According to Medley’s wrongful death lawsuit, she was unaware that Nelsir had died until she noticed drops of blood on his bib. A medical examiner noted the design of the baby sling as a likely cause of the two-month-old’s suffocation, but never officially identified the SlingRider as the cause of death.
The recalled Infantino baby slings were sold in the United States and Canada from January 2003 though March 2010, for between $25 and $30. Medley’s wrongful death suit alleged that Infantino, LLC failed to issue a recall of its potentially defective baby slings in a timely fashion, removing the product from the market only after receiving reports of numerous infant deaths. The product liability complaint accused the company of being aware that the slings were dangerous, and, in addition to Infantino, also named as defendants K-Mart and Wal-Mart, both of which sold the recalled SlingRider. The retailers were both dismissed from the lawsuit and Infantino has denied liability for Nelsir’s death, despite the $8 million settlement.
A Product Liability Lawyer Can Help
In April 2009, Consumer Reports included baby slings like the SlingRider on its list of products parents should not purchase for their babies, noting that the bag-like design of the slings can lead to the infant’s smothering without the mother noticing. In 2007, the CPSC issued an initial recall of Infantino SlingRider baby slings due to the risk of the straps breaking, after the company received eight reports of children falling out of the slings, and one report of a fractured skull. If your child has suffered injuries that you believe were caused by a potentially dangerous children’s product, such as the Infantino SlingRider baby sling, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We can put you in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer who has experience handling product liability cases in your area.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2010/Infantino-Recalls-to-Replace-SlingRider-Baby-Slings-Three-Infant-Deaths-Reported/[/box]