Strangulation - Consumer Justice Foundation


Written by Faith Anderson on March 23, 2011
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According to the ban, which will officially take effect in June 2011, it will be illegal to sell a drop-side crib, even at a garage sale. Although it won’t be against the law to have a drop-side crib in the home, and even though many drop-side cribs were excluded from previous recalls, the U.S. CPSC has encouraged all drop-side crib owners to replace their current products with fixed-side cribs in order to prevent the risk of entrapment, suffocation and strangulation. According to the U.S. CPSC, when new safety regulations are established, previous children’s products may no longer be considered safe. For this reason, you shouldn’t use a crib that is more than ten years old, regardless of the sentimental value the product may hold. A crib should be the safest place in the home for a child, and parents should be confident that their child will be safe while sleeping. Unfortunately, continued use of these defective drop-side cribs put millions of small children at risk of potentially fatal injuries on a daily basis.

Strangulation Described

Infant strangulation occurs when the child’s neck is compressed, leading to unconsciousness or death caused by hypoxia, or an inadequate supply of oxygen, in the brain. Although infants may suffer strangulation resulting from any number of circumstances, entrapment in a defective product, a drop-side crib for example, is all too common. The rate of infant fatality attributed to unintentional strangulation and suffocation has quadrupled from 1984 to 2004. Unfortunately, this tragic occurrence is often the result of using a dangerous or defective product which has been marketed specifically for use with children, such as in drop-side cribs.

Drop-Side Crib Strangulation

Even when drop-side cribs are used in the manner for which they were intended, the products have the potential to cause serious infant injury and even death. The drop-side rail of these cribs commonly become partially or fully detached, significantly increasing a child’s risk of becoming entrapped by the railing and suffering potentially fatal injuries. In some cases, when the rail becomes detached, a V-gap may be exposed between the rail and the headboard in which a child’s head or neck can become trapped, potentially resulting in strangulation. Even if the child survives the accident, he may sustain serious injuries like bruises, broken bones, or concussion from falling out of or becoming trapped between the crib’s rail and mattress. Certain 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 additional children. Furthermore, there have been hundreds of incidents caused by or related to drop-side detachments in certain defective cribs.

A Drop-Side Crib Attorney Can Help

The potential for these drop-side cribs to cause serious injuries or death in young children is a significant concern for parents and caregivers across the country. If you are currently using one of the many recalled drop-side cribs, discontinue use of the product immediately. If your child has sustained severe injuries resulting from a defective drop-side crib, contact a drop-side crib attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a drop-side crib lawsuit. The goal of drop-side crib lawsuits is to seek financial reimbursement for your child’s injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family. If your child suffered strangulation caused by failure of a drop-side crib to function normally, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the product’s manufacturing company. You are not at fault for your child’s injuries. Product manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety and effectiveness of their products and should be held accountable for serious injuries sustained by consumers of their products. Drop-side crib attorneys are extremely qualified and experienced in defective product litigation. With the help of a knowledgeable drop-side crib lawyer, you and your family can collect the compensation you deserve.

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