In a sad, sad reminder that all these product recalls often have some pure tragedies behind them, the maker of the Amby Baby Hammock recalled earlier this month is facing a major lawsuit.
Jonathan Kuzma is looking for $5 million from Amby Baby USA of Minneapolis.
The AP reports the Oregon dad filed his lawsuit this week, citing Amby’s Baby Motion Bed as “defective and dangerous,” stating it lead to the suffocation death of four-month-old Matteo in August of this year.
It was Matteo’s death and that of another baby that lead to the hammock recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warned “the side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock’s fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard.”
Sold since 2003, the Baby Motion bed is currently off the market in both the U.S. and Canada. American parents can request a free repair kit next month, but no such offer is being made in Canada. The Canadian officials have actually called for parents to disassemble the beds and throw them out rather than see them used again.
With their product off the market, one wonders how much money they’ll have for the Kuzma family.
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