Litigation and product recalls can improve product safety standards for the protection of future consumers.
In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 2 million Graco strollers after several reports of infant deaths caused by entrapment and asphyxiation.
Yesterday, ABC National News broadcast a report done by Consumer Reports Consumer Reports did a story on the recalled Graco stroller and the loss of 7-month old Bobby. This firm represents the estate of Bobby in Knipper v. Graco Childrens’ Products in New York. This year, the CPSC adopted a mandatory safety standard for strollers.
Unfortunately, infant injuries and deaths caused by strollers are more common than one may guess. In 2011, approximately 12,900 children under the age of five were treated in emergency rooms for injuries, mostly falls or strangulation. On average, one child dies each year from stroller-related injuries according to data from 2007-2009.