Your personal injury attorney in Las Vegas and local consumer groups may have contributed towards getting faulty baby cribs off the market. For years, parents have relied upon drop-side cribs; however, new federal regulations have deemed them unsafe and have banned any sale and manufacture of this type of crib.
Since 2000 drop-side cribs have directly caused the death of 32 babies due to the child being trapped between the moveable sides and the mattress. In addition to drop-side cribs being deemed unsafe, crib manufacturers must follow additional new standards including:
- Manufacturing stronger slats and mattress supports
- Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to prevent equipment from falling apart
Before the regulations arose, manufacturers were allowed to tighten screws in the middle of a simulated shake test – this option is no longer available.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Las Vegas?
You may not need a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas simply because you own a drop-side crib. However, attorneys suggest that you evaluate your crib and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for product recalls. Within the past four years the CPSC has recalled more than 11 million faulty cribs, so it’s important to know whether your crib is on the list.
Susan Cirigliano, a mother who rallied for tougher crib standards after her infant son died in a defective crib in 2004 told the LA Times, that she was blindsided by what happened to her child. “I know times are tough, but I always felt like the price of a crib is minuscule compared to the price of your child’s life. I was a normal mom raising her kids. Never in a million years would I have thought that could happen to me.”
Thanks to parents like Susan and consumer groups, awareness has been raised about faulty crib and lives may be saved. If you have questions about whether you possess a dangerous crib or if a faulty crib has victimized your family, rely on a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas for answers.
Wondering what to do about your child’s crib? Contact the leading product liability personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm. Contact us at 702-388-GGRM (4476).