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Crib Retailer Sued in Child’s Death – Called One Of “Deadliest Products”

An Omaha retailer, Hayneedle, Inc., is being sued by the parents of a 1-year-old boy who was allegedly asphyxiated in a crib accident, reports

Hayneedle operated as Netshops Inc. at the time of the child’s death in 2008.  The child was in a Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System crib when he got trapped between the crib’s mattress and the frame.  He died at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro on January 30, 2008.

The lawsuit alleges Hayneedle was grossly negligent in failing to warn them about the crib’s dangerous and defective characteristics, and of the proper method of assembling, using and maintaining the crib.

This death was a key factor in prompting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall full-size Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames in April.  This construction poses a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and falling.  Since 2007, more than 2 million Simplicity cribs have been recalled.

A CPSC spokesman called the Simplicity cribs one of the deadliest products in recent years and has advised parents with this brand of crib to stop using them.  Some retailers have offered replacements and that information may be found at

The untimely loss of a loved one, especially a child, due to a defective product is devastating. The New York offices of Scott C. Gottlieb have vast experience dealing with wrongful death cases.  If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our web site.  There is no case-review cost.

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