Parents of infants should be aware a baby product recall has been issued for Baby Einstein Infant Activity Jumpers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on July 23, 2013, alerting the public that the baby activity center puts infants at risk of injury.
The defective toy was manufactured by Kids II and sold at Toys R Us, Target and Amazon.com, among other retailers. Approximately 400,000 defective units were sold to families in the United States and another 8,500 of the dangerous toys were sold throughout Canada. All 408,500 of the Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers are subject to the recall.
The Baby Einstein Infant Activity Jumper is a stationary activity center. The infant sits on a blue-covered fabric seat within a white metal swing and various toys surround the infant’s jumper seat. One of these toys—a yellow sun—is on a flexible stalk with several other bright ring toys. Unfortunately, the sun can rebound with force and can cause harm to both the infant using the activity center as well as to adults.
Kids II, the manufacturer, has already received around 100 reports of injuries caused by the product. Most of the injuries include facial lacerations and bruising. However, at least one adult suffered a chipped tooth due to the impact of the sun rebounding. A seven-month-old baby boy also was struck by the rebounding toy and suffered a lineal skull fracture. The baby product recall has been instituted to remove the product from the market and help to prevent future injuries of these types to infants and caregivers.
Kids II may be held liable for injuries
The Baby Einstein Infant Jumper cost around $90 and was sold from May of 2010 to May of 2013. Hundreds of thousands of parents bought the jumpers for their children, counting on the manufacturer to have produced a safe product. Parents have the right to expect that the activity jumper was designed for infants to play safely with the attached toys, and that the jumper would not hurt their children when used as intended. Unfortunately, the manufacturer failed to live up to its obligation to parents and kids.
Because the recall suggests Kids II produced and sold a dangerous product, state product liability laws may entitle injured victims to pursue a claim against the company. Parents can use the information from the recall to help demonstrate the company failed in its duty to the public and marketed and sold a dangerous toy that caused injury.
Strict liability rules mandate the company can be held liable for all unexpected injuries resulting from a product that used as intended, regardless of whether the company was negligent in any way that led to the production and sale of the product. These laws may apply to hold Kids II liable to infants and family members injured by the Baby Einstein Activity Jumper.
Removing the dangerous baby toy from the market
Claims against defective baby product manufacturers help injured victims to find closure. Product liability attorneys also fight to obtain fair compensation for families injured by defective products. A successful claim can result in a victim and his/her family receiving compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses caused by the defective and dangerous activity jumper.
While lawsuits can achieve some justice for victims, it is better to reduce the risk of injury in the first place. Parents should check their Baby Einstein Infant Activity Jumpers to determine if their child’s toy is one of the recalled models. Date codes involved include OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1. Parents with these model numbers should stop using the activity center right away and should comply with instructions for the recall.
For parents whose children have already been harmed, it is important to understand options for holding the Baby Einstein manufacturer accountable. Product liability lawyers are currently offering free case evaluations to parties injured by the Baby Einstein Jumper to determine if they are eligible to file a lawsuit for damages.