The parents of Landon Zimmerman have filed a Boston wrongful death lawsuit against Crib manufacturer Simplicity, its successor company SFCA Inc., and retailer Hayneedle Inc. over the tragic crib accident that killed the 1-year-old. Landon died from asphyxiation when he became entrapped between his Simplicity crib’s frame and mattress.
His Massachusetts crib death was one of the reasons that the Consumer Product Safety Administration recalled all Simplicity cribs that have a mattress support frame made of tubular metal. According to Landon’s parents Lauren Zimmerman and Jeremy Fontaine, the retailer was grossly negligent because it failed to warn that the Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System crib that it was selling had “dangerous and defective characteristics.” For example, In the event that one of the crib’s frames were to detach, bend, or cause a portion of the mattress to collapse, a space could get created that a toddler or infant might fall through or get stuck or entrapped in. Also, per the CPSC, the Simplicity crib’s defects made it a hazard for suffocation, strangulation, and fall accidents. The boy’s parents contend that Hayneedle failed to provide warning on what were the safe and proper ways to assemble, maintain, and use the crib. Simplicity and SFCA Inc. are no longer in operation.
Crib defects cause injuries every year. Because children are frequently left alone in cribs, it may be too late by the time that someone discovers that the baby or toddler that had been left sleeping has suffocated or strangled in a Boston crib entrapment accident. Crib manufacturers and retailers can be held liable for Boston products liability or wrongful death if negligence or errors on the part of the manufacturer and/or the seller contributed to allowing the crib accident to occur.
Deadliest Crib Seller Sued , Boston Herald, January 7, 2011
Death of Massachusetts Toddler from Crib Entrapment Leads to Latest Simplicity Crib Recall, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, April 30, 2010
Final Rule on New Crib Safety Standards, CPSC (PDF)
Products Liability, Justia