Frequently Asked Questions About Leachco Podster Infant Lounger Lawsuits
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has informed the public that everyone should stop using baby loungers made by Leachco, Inc. The agency feels strongly that Leachco baby loungers pose a danger to babies and can lead to death.
Our product liability and personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, have been hearing from people who have questions about the safety of baby loungers, what to do now, and if they can file lawsuits against Leachco.
Here, we will answer some frequently asked questions regarding Leachco Podster infant loungers and related lawsuits.
What Are Baby Loungers?
Baby loungers are horseshoe-shaped pillows meant to prop-up infants during interactive playtime before they are old enough to sit up independently.
Leachco, Inc. manufacturers and sells these infant loungers under the following names:
- Podster Plush
- Podster Playtime Infant lounger
What Is The Problem With Leachco Infant Loungers?
According to CPSC, when caregivers leave babies unattended on the lounger pillows, there is a danger that the infants can suffocate. If infants roll over, turn their heads, or roll off the baby loungers, their airways can become blocked.
Even though the loungers are intended for interactive, supervised play and not sleeping, the CPSC strongly believes that it is foreseeable that caregivers will allow infants to sleep on them. CPSC takes the position that baby loungers are inherently dangerous to babies.
Have Leachco Baby Loungers injured infants?
The CPSC knows of at least two deaths that occurred when babies were placed on Leachco Podsters. Both infants suffocated.
Is There A Leachco Baby Lounger Recall?
No, Leachco refused to recall the products. Leachco maintains the safety of its infant loungers if they are used correctly.
Leachco claims that the instructions and warnings on the products are clear. Leachco warns consumers about the risk of leaving babies unattended on the loungers and that infants should never be left unattended on the pillows.
Leachco warnings also inform consumers that the pillows are not intended for sleeping.
Will There Be A Leachco Baby Lounger Recall?
Leachco will not issue a voluntary recall of its Podsters because it feels the products are safe when used correctly.
In response to Leachco’s refusal to recall the loungers, the CPSC filed an administrative lawsuit against the company seeking “to force Leachco to notify every person to whom the product was sold about the defect and offer consumers a full refund” and immediately recall the dangerous loungers.
Are All Baby Loungers Dangerous?
In 2021, more than 3 million Boppy baby loungers were recalled after eight reports of infant deaths by suffocation. As with Leachco Podsters, when babies placed on Boppy loungers turned over, turned their heads, or rolled off onto something nearby, their airways became blocked, and they suffocated.
How Can I Keep My Baby Safe?
The CPSC warns parents to stop using Leachco Podster products right away. The agency reminds parents that babies should never be left unattended on infant lounging pillows.
The pillows are meant to be used only for interactive playtime when babies are awake.
For information about infants and safe sleeping, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/safesleep/index.html.
Are People Filing Infant Lounger Lawsuits Against Leachco?
If your baby died or was injured because of a Podster baby lounger, you might be entitled to file a lawsuit against Leachco.
Products liability lawsuits involve dangerous or defective products that injure consumers. Products liability cases can also address issues like the adequacy of warnings and the marketing of products.
What Should You Do Now?
If you have a Leachco Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie, or Podster Playtime infant lounger, stop using it. Depending on Leachco’s actions and the outcome of the CPSC complaint, you might be able to get a refund from Leachco.
If a Leachco Podster has injured your baby, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP to find out if you are entitled to file a lawsuit and collect compensation from Leachco for injuries caused by its dangerous baby loungers.
We are reviewing claims now. Call our product liability lawyers today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free Leachco Podster case evaluation.