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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Baby Positioners

By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. The motivation behind the event is to promote awareness of SIDS, which is the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of two and four months.

Scientists have not determined the exact cause of SIDS, but they have discovered links to certain risk factors. One of these factors is putting the baby to sleep on his or her stomach or side. That’s why physicians recommend that Las Vegas parents position their infants on their backs when they sleep.

In an effort to prevent SIDS, some companies developed what they called “sleep positioners” which were ostensibly designed to keep babies on their backs while sleeping. Unfortunately, these bolster-like products were reportedly causing suffocation problems for the infants who were using them. As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have both recommended that parents avoid these sleep positioning products.

In addition, a lawsuit has been filed against eight manufacturers of these sleep positioners, and it may soon reach class-action status. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers have no scientific evidence that these products reduce the chance of SIDS, and that the defendants engaged in fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices to promote them.

The companies listed in the lawsuit are:

  • Baby Delight, Inc.
  • Dex Products, Inc.
  • Kid Brands, Inc. (d/b/a Sassy)
  • Kiwi Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Basic Comfort)
  • Learning Curve Brands (d/b/a The First Years Company)
  • Munckin, Inc.
  • Prince Lionheart, Inc.
  • Summer Infant, Inc. 

If you have purchased one of these sleep positioners for your baby, you should stop using it immediately. If your infant has been hurt by one of these sleep positioners or any type of baby product, you should contact a product liability attorney to see about holding these manufacturers accountable.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.