Negligent Security Seminar | March 2015

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Confidential settlement – death of baby from bean bag pillow

John Elliott Leighton represented the family of a baby who was killed when a “Cushie Comfort” bean bag pillow killed their child.  Leighton discovered that these bean bag (polystyrene-filled bead) pillows were marketed for use in cribs with small babies. They were sold in toy stores.  Despite evidence that such items should never used placed in cribs, these products were widely marketed for use this way and were shown in packaging and promoted for use in cribs.  Without performing any research or safety testing the manufacturer and retailer sold these pillows.  Babies do not have the head strength to life their heads.  When using the pillow, under some conditions the babies would turn face down and be unable to lift their heads to breathe. Mr. Leighton worked with university researchers who, through testing, discovered that the babies would re-breathe air that had a high carbon dioxide content and continue to re-breathe until they went into a coma and eventually died. Over a dozen infants died from these products.  Leighton and his clients brought the product before the Consumer Product Safety Commission and obtained a mandatory recall and sales ban of these products, which have all been removed from sale throughout the United States. Then Leighton filed suit against the manufacturer to recover damages for the family and prevent the product from being placed in stores.  A confidential settlement was obtained from the retailer after the manufacturer sought bankruptcy protection.

 

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