A class action lawsuit has been filed against Fisher-Price Inc., Target Corporation, Target Corporate Services Inc. and Mattel Inc., by an Alabama family who claims that their baby suffered bronchiolitis and other adverse health consequences related to mold exposure from recalled infant sleepers. The complaint was filed by Jason Dane Harris and Rachael Marie Dabbs Harris on January 11, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Eastern Division. The lawsuit seeks class action status to represent all consumers who have purchased the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and subsequently experienced side effects as a result of mold developing on the baby seat. If your child has been harmed in any way by the Rock n’ Play baby seat or another children’s product, contact our reputable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff today.
POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF MOLD EXPOSURE
The plaintiffs in the recalled baby seat lawsuit received a Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper as a gift in July 2012, shortly after their child was born. According to the Harris family, they used the product daily until their child was nearly three months old, at which point they had to bring the infant to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a form of bronchiolitis called Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). As a result of the alleged exposure to mold, the child suffered ear and eye infections, random vomiting, and was placed under monitors for his breathing.
CPSC ISSUES FISHER-PRICE BABY SEAT RECALL
The Harris’ class action lawsuit alleges that the defendants named in the suit breached a duty to all affected consumers by not exercising reasonable care in the manufacturing and distribution of the infant recliner. The complaint also claims that the defendants had a heightened duty of care, because of the great risk of danger associated with manufacturing products for young children. In light of the risk of mold exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of Fisher-Price’s Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper on January 8, after the agency received at least 600 reports of mold developing between the seat’s plastic frame and removable cushion.
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The recalled baby sleepers were manufactured in China, imported by Fisher-Price, and sold at retail stores nationwide and online since September 2009. According to the CPSC, if the infant seat is not cleaned thoroughly and frequently, mold can develop in areas that are not visible. Of the 600 cases of mold exposure reported to the CPSC, at least 16 involved infants being treated for respiratory issues, hives and coughs after using the product. If your child has suffered injuries or adverse health consequences you believe to be linked to a product like the recalled Fisher-Price baby seat, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys have experience handling product liability cases, and will work diligently to help you pursue the compensation you and your child deserve.