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Pennsylvania SlingRider case ends in $8 million settlement

Pennsylvania stores are filled with helpful gadgets and appliances to carry and contain babies and young children. Parents who purchase or receive age-appropriate car seats, cribs, toys and other products should not have to worry that a product will result in an


infant death


.


The onus is on a manufacturer to create a product that is not dangerous when used properly. The price for design and manufacturing mistakes can be high for parents and children.

A Philadelphia woman recently agreed to an $8 million settlement for a wrongful death claim. One of the plaintiff's 7-week-old twins died while the woman was carrying the newborns in separate SlingRiders, a shoulder strap baby carrier made by Infantino LLC.

The original lawsuit blamed the death on the sling maker and stores where the SlingRiders were purchased, Wal-Mart and Sears' subsidiary K-Mart. The stores were dropped from the complaint before the settlement.

Court papers say the child died in 2009 while the mother was making her way by bus and trolley to an appointment. She noticed blood on her son's bib and rushed to a public bathroom where she began CPR. Paramedics acted quickly, but were late to save the boy. The coroner listed the cause of death as "undetermined," although an assistant notified other coroners about the possibility the carrier contributed to the baby's death.

Complaints said the carrier's half-moon shape placed babies in positions that made it hard for them to breathe. Multiple sling-related deaths were reported before Infantino recalled the product in 2010. The lawsuit also stated Infantino made false product claims and conducted no safety tests before selling the carrier.

The manufacturer argued the Philadelphia baby was too young for the SlingRider. Infantino officials also implied the woman was carrying both sons in single carrier rather than separate slings. The settlement allows the mother to receive compensation without the product maker admitting negligence.


Source: 
post-gazette.com, "


Infant sling death lawsuit ends in $8 million settlement


" P.J. D'Annunzio, Sep. 09, 2013

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