Converta Cradle Swing - Lawsuit & Recall
Product Liability- Design
Graco Converta Cradle Swing can cause positional asphyxia, suffocation
and death. In fact, some children
found dead in this swing may have been misdiagnosed as having died from SIDS,
when in fact the child may have suffocated in the corner of
1992 Graco Converta Cradle Swing Recall by CPSC
In 1992 the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a major safety recall of the Graco Converta-Cradles
models 1600, 1730, 1801 and 1830 being undertaken voluntarily by Graco
Children's Products Company of Elverson, PA. (SEE RECALL).
The recall concerned the Graco Converta-Cradle Swing with straight legs, in
which the infant swings from head to foot (see model), not the models where
the infant is rocked from side to side.
Graco Cradle Injuries Discovered
Nationwide a number of reports of injuries and death are involved with the
recalled models. The CPSC and Graco received reports of near or total
suffocation of infants in the cradle portion of the swing while it was
suspended from the swing motor. In many of these cases, the infant was found
face down into the plastic liner or in the corner pushed into the nylon mesh
at the end of the swing style (see photos). Oftentimes, these infants were
diagnosed of having died as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),
when other medical causes of positional asphyxia or suffocation were over
looked. Further, in many of the cases reported the position of the infant in
the cradle was not thoroughly investigated by the health officials and the
dead infant was diagnosed with the catchall diagnosis of SIDS.
Products Liability Theories of Liability Against Graco:
1) Graco failed to act as a reasonably prudent manufacturer to adequately
protect the infant using its product.
2) Graco failed to adequately test the safety of the Converta-Cradle subject
to the recall.
3) Graco failed to identify and correct the design problems that caused the
injuries and death to infants.
4) Graco failed to properly monitor the safety performance of the Graco
Converta Cradle after its sale and use by the public.
5) Graco failed to properly warn consumers (parents) of the dangers of
suffocation and death of the known dangers to an infant in the Graco Converta
6) Graco failed to conduct a nationwide recall and thorough public
announcement of all of these recalled models in order to eliminate the hazard
after Graco first learned of this cradles potential dangers to infants.
& Legal Actions
If you have one of these cradles still in use, STOP using it immediately!!
Further use could seriously injure or kill an infant. If your child
experienced a near suffocation or died from positional asphyxia, suffocation or
was diagnosed with SIDS while using the GRACO Converta-Cradle, then you may have
a products liability claim for your personal injuries, medical expenses and
have successfully battled with Graco before over this
defect concerning a infant that was found dead, head first into the
corner of the Graco Converta Cradle Swing. SIDS was originally believed to be
the cause of death. The mother of the child contacted Mr. Willis and a lawsuit
was commenced. After many months of depositions and discovery a very substantial
settlement was reached in this case. We are very experienced with the
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