An Oregon wrongful death lawsuit filed by a mother from Keizer earlier this year looks more timely than ever now that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned consumers to avoid baby slings. The Keizer wrongful death lawsuit was reported by The Oregonian.
According to CBS News the CPSC issued its baby sling warning after examining 20 years of data on the safety of baby slings. “The CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style carriers, including three in 2009,” according to the network. The Keizer incident, which occurred last year, is presumably one of those referenced in the study.
As CBS notes, baby slings are very popular with new parents and the market for the products has been growing in recent years. The CPSC, however, has concluded that “slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards for babies.” They can press against an infant’s nose and mouth “suffocating a baby within a minute or two,” the agency says. Alternately, “where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate,” a CPSC news release states.
A Portland or Salem wrongful death can be the result from use of these products. If you believe you have been the victim of such a tragedy an early consultation with an Oregon wrongful death lawyer is an essential step toward obtaining the representation and justice you deserve. An Oregon child injury attorney can offer advice tailored to the specifics of your case, helping you make your way through our complex legal system at this most traumatic of moments.
CBS News: CPSC warns of baby sling dangers
The Oregonian: Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warning on baby slings