Written by Faith Anderson on March 23, 2011
The term entrapment, when referring to the potential hazards of a defective product, like drop-side cribs, describes the possibility of a child becoming trapped by the product, possibly resulting in serious injury or even death. Entrapment can cause a variety of injuries ranging from minor to deadly; children who become entrapped in a drop-side crib may experience bruises, broken bones or concussion, or they may suffer fatal strangulation or suffocation.
Drop-Side Crib Entrapment
Over the past five years, more than ten million drop-side cribs have been recalled by the U.S. CPSC and a variety of product manufacturers because of hazardous product defects which have the potential to cause severe, potentially fatal infant injuries. These recalls occurred on such a large scale that, in July 2010, the U.S. CPSC voted unanimously to establish a nation-wide ban on the manufacture and sale of both new and used drop-side cribs. The commission even prohibited the use of these products in hotels and day-care centers, among other commercial facilities, allowing the facilities one year to replace all the defective products with safer, fixed-side cribs. According to the ban, beginning in June 2011, it will be illegal to sell a drop-side crib, even at a garage sale. And, although owning a drop-side crib will not be against the law, the U.S. CPSC has advised all drop-side crib owners to replace the products with fixed-side cribs, even if their drop-side crib in particular has not yet been recalled.
Drop-side cribs have been implicated in the death of at least thirty-two infants and toddlers and have been suspected in the death of fourteen more children. In addition, there have been hundreds of incidents either caused by or related to product defects in certain drop-side cribs. The potential hazard of drop-side cribs is that the drop-side rail on the cribs may become partially or fully detached, exposing a V-gap between the headboard and rail in which the child’s head or neck may become trapped. Also, if the drop-side rail becomes partially detached, it may create a space into which a child may fall, becoming wedged between the rail and mattress. Any of these common instances of infant entrapment can lead to serious injury, such as bruises, lacerations, broken bones or concussion from the child falling out of the crib or becoming trapped in the crib, or death by suffocation or strangulation.
A Drop-Side Crib Attorney Can Help
A crib should be the safest place for a child to be in the home, and parents and caregivers should feel confident that their child will be safe while sleeping. Unfortunately, these defective drop-side cribs have all but destroyed this theory. If you are currently using a drop-side crib, check the model number on the crib to see if it has already been recalled. Even if your crib in particular has not been included in the millions recalled, the drop-side crib ban has exposed the very real danger of using drop-side cribs in the home. If your child has been severely injured while using a drop-side crib, contact a drop-side crib attorney, as you may be entitled to reimbursement for your child’s injuries by filing a drop-side crib lawsuit. The goal of drop-side crib lawsuits is to seek financial compensation for your child’s injuries, the medical expenses associated with injury treatment, and the pain and suffering sustained by you and your family. If your child died as a result of using a defective drop-side crib, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the product manufacturing company. You are not responsible for the serious injuries or death your child may have suffered resulting from defective drop-side crib use, and with the help of a qualified drop-side crib lawyer, you can collect the compensation you deserve.