Infant product recalls can lead to North Carolina injury

Our Carolina injury attorneys have been closely monitoring a host of safety recalls issued this month involving infant equipment.

To date, more than 3 million units, involving products from newborn mittens to baby video monitors to bassinets to car seats have been recalled due to reported incidences of infant injury or death.
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Recalls began on Feb. 11, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Summer Infant Inc. announced a voluntary recall of about 1.7 million video baby monitors after two infants suffered strangulation deaths from the video monitor electrical cords. The recall spans 40 models sold at major retailers between January 2003 and February 2011. Monitors were priced between $60-300.

CPSC and Summer urge parents who own one of these products to make sure the electrical cord is at least 3-ft. out of reach of a child. Summer is providing owners with updated warning labels.

The second recall alert was issued on Feb. 14 by the National Highway Safety Administration warning parents and caregivers that Dorel Juvenile Group was recalling 794,247 child safety seats. It was determined that a sticking harness release button could prevent the car seat from locking in place, thus increasing the risk that a child would be injured in a car accident.

According to Dorel, the defect is specific to seats with a Center Front Adjuster that were manufactured between May 2008 and April 2009. The recall includes infant, convertible and booster child restraints. To date no injuries have been reported and DJG is offering parents a free remedy kit of non-toxic lubricant.

On Feb. 15, Nurses Choice along with the CPSC issued a recall of 4,700 newborn keepsake mittens made of white cotton with “2011” decorations glued on one side. Again, no injuries have been reported, but there are choking hazard concerns because the decorations can be pulled off.

Finishing off the lot was a Feb. 16 recall of about 500,000 Burlington Basket Company bassinets which can collapse if the cross-bracing rails are not fully locked into position. CPSC and Burlington report there have been 10 incidents where the bassinets have collapsed. Two infants received minor injuries and no fatalities have been reported. Wal-Mart and other major retailers (including online retailer Amazon.com) sold the $50 bassinets between January 2003 and August 2010.

Parents have been instructed to stop using the bassinet until they determine the cross-bracing support rails are locked. Burlington has provided a video on proper bassinet assembly on their website.

Our personal injury lawyers in Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro know that if you or someone you love has suffered injury or death due to a defective product, recovery and adjustment can be a lifelong battle. Call us at 1-800-887-1965 or contact our law offices online to discuss your rights.

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