Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers were astounded to learn that an average of 26 children are hurt by cribs every daily. Illinois has had its fair share of public crib recalls, thanks to our diligent Illinois attorney general. Now, a recent CNN article addresses that the problems with cribs are widespread.
According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, an average of 26 children suffer crib-related personal injuries daily. Roughly 9,500 children are treated yearly in the emergency room for crib-related injuries. From 1990 to 2008, there were more than 181,000 children under the age of 2 taken to emergency departments around the country for injuries related to at least one of the nursery products. The most common cause for a child’s personal injury was falling and 83% of the nursery injuries suffered came from cribs. One researcher explained that children are top-heavy and topple forward when they start to lean over the top of a rail of a crib.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has advocated for safer cribs for years. More than 11 million cribs, playpens, or bassinets have been recalled since 2007 and recently the CPSC announced a voluntary product recall of approximately 500,000 bassinets. Recently, the Illinois attorney general’s office alerted Illinois residents to the Jardin Illinois crib recall. The Jardin cribs were recalled after the slats or spindles broke on some cribs, causing a gap and resulting in the entrapment of four infants. The Illinois attorney general has a hotline you can call if you are concerned about your crib at (888) 414-7678.
For more information on the injuries caused by cribs, visit CNN.com .