The” ABCs of Safe Sleep” is widely regarded as the safest way for parents to put their infants to sleep. It means Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Unfortunately, some parents are unaware of the potential dangers of infant loungers, which can lead to suffocation. As these baby items have become increasingly popular, infant injuries and fatalities associated with them have also risen. Therefore, parents need to be informed of the risks infant loungers can have on their child’s safety.
There is no way to completely alleviate the heartbreak of losing a child, but product liability laws allow families to receive compensation for the sorrow they have been put through. Parents whose children have been hurt by an unsafe infant sleep product may have the right to seek restitution from the company responsible, such as DockATot, which manufactures and sells these products. As has been mentioned in past posts, the makers of the product tend to dispute these court cases in order to avoid paying out a significant amount of money.
Families keen to take legal action against DockATot should contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to ensure their case gets the consideration it is due. Therefore, those who desire to bring a product liability action against DockATot should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to make sure that their claim is given the consideration it is due. Give us a call at 866-778-5500 or complete our online form for a free consultation.
Although baby loungers can be useful and safe when a baby is awake and being watched, it can be difficult to anticipate when an infant will nod off or roll over for the first time, which can cause suffocation or even death.
Experts such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have long advised against using soft and fluffy sleep surfaces due to the danger of suffocation. Baby loungers are basically large plush pillows that offer a feeling of being held. The shape and design of many baby loungers greatly increases the possibility of a baby slipping into a deep sleep.
Infant loungers may only be used in very specific conditions, and those caring for the child must pay close attention when they place the baby in the lounger. It is important to note that if a baby lounger is used for sleeping, they have been associated with instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently declared that it is unsafe for babies to sleep in a DockATot Deluxe+. Reports of infant deaths linked to the product have caused the Commission to issue a violation notice to DockATot for promoting the Deluxe+ as a secure sleeping product when it is not.
The CPSC has reported that the DockATot Deluxe+ Dock is unsafe for sleep because it does not meet the Infant Sleep Product Rule requirements. This includes not having a stand, not having the required stability, lacking a side height of at least 7.5 inches, as well as the fact that its sides pose a risk of asphyxiation. In the last three years, at least three infants under six months have passed away while using a DockATot.
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Beginning in June 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released a mandatory safety standard, called the “Safety Standard for Infant Sleep Products,” for any product intended to provide sleeping accommodation for babies aged up to 5 months that do not already adhere to one of the CPSC’s existing safety regulations.
The Infant Sleep Product Rule applies to a range of items, such as in-bed sleepers, inclined sleepers, travel bassinets, baby boxes, and infant travel tents. This regulation seeks to reduce the number of infant deaths by tackling the dangers associated with sleeping conditions for babies.
Infants can be in danger of injury or even death when using a baby lounger like the DockATot. These are the risks most commonly associated with the use of the product.
There is a potential danger of positional asphyxia resulting from using a lounger, which happens when a baby’s head is at an angle that impedes their breathing.
More than 3,000 infants pass away while they are asleep annually. The majority of these fatalities arise from unexpected infant death syndrome (SIDS) or asphyxiation-related fatalities. Infants who turn onto their stomachs in a baby lounger may lack the ability to roll over again.
Many baby loungers are designed to replicate a snug embrace or cuddle. Unfortunately, this can interfere with a baby’s natural ability to wake up if they have breathing difficulties. Even if you are watching over a baby while they are asleep in one of these loungers, it is still not enough to wipe out the potential threat since babies often do not display any warning signs of oxygen deprivation.
In certain situations, infants who flip onto their stomachs or become blocked off from a clear airflow may be harmed or perish due to inhaling their own exhaled carbon dioxide.
CPSC has issued a warning regarding the safety of DockATot Deluxe+ Dock baby loungers due to violations of safety regulations. Although the CPSC has prohibited the sale, distribution, and importation of the product, the company has still not issued a recall.
DockATot disagrees with the CPSC’s “Notice of Violation” about the product and believes it hasn’t been portrayed fairly. The company’s founder commented that DockATot had previously chosen to end distribution of their Deluxe+ dock in the US when the CPSC issued the violation, yet a small number of them were sent out afterward.
Anyone still using a DockATot Deluxe+ should discontinue use immediately. However, issues with the safety of baby products are not exclusive to baby loungers and in-bed sleepers. A number of products are not subject to regulation and are not required to undergo safety testing before being sold.
Laws that pertain to product liability mandate that any items designed for babies must be safe to use as expected. If a parent’s child passes away or endures a major injury due to something such as DockATot or another faulty or hazardous product, they should talk to one of our personal injury attorneys to understand their rights and potential solutions. Give us a call at 866-778-5500 or complete our online form for a free consultation.