As infant safety lawyers, we have litigated what are always tragic cases involving infant death. In the past several years we have been at the forefront of infant product recalls involving cribs and basinettes and have posted on the dangers of crib bumpers.
In the early 1990’s. the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that infants be placed on their backs to sleep. This is said to have reduced the number of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, infants continued to suffer tragic deaths in increasing numbers while sleeping in cribs. These deaths have been caused by such things as suffocation and entrapment due to defective cribs, basinettes and the like.
Earlier this week, the AAP has taken a step that we have been advocating for some time. We have represented unsuspecting parents whose babies needlessly suffocated in cribs due to bumpers, positioners and other materials left in the crib.