On January 20, 2022, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an urgent warning to consumers to immediately stop using the Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie and Podster Playtime (the “Podsters”) infant loungers manufactured by Leachco, Inc.
Company Refuses to Issue Voluntary Podster Recall
The CPSC had asked Leachco to recall the products, but the company has failed to do so, and the agency can’t force companies to recall products without taking them to court. The agency issued this warning but said it would continue to investigate the Podsters and consider other actions.
The CPSC has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.
The U.S. Government safety agency is considering additional action including the filing of an administrative complaint, to protect consumers from the almost 180,000 Podsters sold to date.
Two Infant Suffocation Deaths Linked to Podster
Our lawyers are aware of two infants who were placed on a Podster and suffocated when, due to a change in position, their noses and mouths were obstructed by the Podster or another object. The infants, 17-days old and four-months old, died in January 2018 and December 2015 in the U.S.
One of the deaths was in 2015: According to a CPSC incident report, a 4-month-old boy was at a day care and placed on the lounger. He was discovered unresponsive. The cause of death was ruled to be “accidental complications from asphyxia.” The other incident involved a 17-day-old who died in January 2018.
List of Products Subject to CPSC Podster Warning
All of the products listed below are manufactured by Leachco. The infant loungers are as follows:
- Podster Plush,
- Bummzie, and the
- Podster Playtime Infant Loungers.
Other Infant Product Recall Lawsuits
Our lawyers have significant experience representing a number of families who have been devastated by the loss of a child after using defective infant sleep products or inclined sleepers. Here are some of the recent recalls and/or lawsuits are law firm is involved with.
- Boppy Recall
- Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Baby Sleeper recall
- 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers Recall
- 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders Recall
- Nursing Pillow Recall
- Cuddle ‘n Care Bassinet & Incline Sleeper Recall
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat Recall
- Delta Incline Sleeper & Simmons Beautyrest Baby Sleeper Recall
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper Inclined Baby Sleeper Recall
- Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Bassinet Recall
- Disney Baby Doze Bassinet Recall
- Chicco Lullaby Dream Playard Recall
- Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards Accessory Recall
- Baby Sleeper Recall
- Kids II Rocking Sleepers Recall
- Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Recall
Do I Have a Leachco Podster Lawsuit? Contact Our Lawyers For a Free Case Review
If you or a loved one has suffered a loss due to the Leachco Podster or any of the other products listed in this article, you should speak with the lawyers at Johnson // Becker. The product liability lawyers at our firm have handled similar lawsuits in the past, are currently representing a number of families devastated by the many recent recalls, and would like to speak with you if you have suffered a tragic loss from this product.
We offer a Free Case Evaluation. Please contact us using the form below or by calling us at (800) 279-6386. We would be honored to speak with you and respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.