Oregon Man Files Lawsuit Over Defective Baby Hammock

January 4, 2010

A Gresham, Ore., man has filed a lawsuit against baby product maker Amby Baby Motion following the death of his five-month-old boy in August. The death was the second linked by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to a fabric baby hammock.

Following the boy’s death and another death reported June 2009 in Lawrenceville, Ga., the CPSC on December 8 recalled Amby Baby Motion beds made by Minneapolis manufacturer Amby Baby USA. The recall urged parents to stop using Amby hammocks immediately, and noted approximately 24,000 units had been sold in the United States.

According to the recall notice, the hammock consisted of a steel frame and a fabric hammock which was connected by a large spring and metal crossbar. The side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock could cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock’s fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard. There is only one model of the hammock available which could be identified by a label sewn onto the hammock stating: “Amby – Babies Love It, Naturally.”

For information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10056.html.

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