“Despite objections from the industry, Chicago on Thursday became the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to concern that the popular products pose a suffocation risk to babies,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Malman Law applaud the city’s aldermen in getting this important ban passed.
The ban comes after many months of research subsequent to a Tribune investigation in March, which our Chicago wrongful death attorneys have been following. The Trib report found that federal officials have investigated several infant deaths where crib bumpers likely were a contributing factor, if not the cause of death. However, federal regulators were hesitant to classify the crib bumpers as the definite cause, as other items were also in the crib.
The Trib investigation found that in many of the cases, the babies who had died were found with their faces pressed into their crib bumpers, according to the agency’s records. Additionally, there were at least 17 additional cases which were never investigated in spite of reports on file suggesting that crib bumpers may have been a contributing factor to the infants’ wrongful deaths. Medical examiners and coroners for some of these cases indicated that crib bumper pads were involved in the suffocations of these babies.
Chicago wrongful death attorneys, consumer product safety groups and parental advocate groups are all well aware of the dangers posed by crib bumpers – as well as many other items marketed to new parents as “must-have” items for their infants. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys urge new parents to use the following “safe sleep” guidelines, provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid infant injuries or sudden death:
- Safe Crib: Your baby’s crib should be adhere to the new crib safety standards with a firm mattress and well-fitting sheet. Additionally, the crib should not contain crib bumpers, stuffed animals, comforters or pillows because they create a suffocation hazard.
- Back to Sleep: Babies should be placed in their cribs on their back – not their side of stomach.
- Climate Control: Do not “bundle up” your baby for bedtime. Keep their room a comfortable temperature rather than adding layers of clothing or blankets.
- No Smoking: Never smoke around babies or children; it is vitally important that baby’s sleeping environment remain smoke free.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Malman Law are pleased that the Chicago Tribune and the City of Chicago are at the forefront of this important ban. Hopefully it will safe infants’ lives and parents’ heartache.