When parents choose an infant carrier product to hold or support their child, they trust that the safety mechanisms are sound, and that it will perform as advertised. The Playtex Hip Hammock was discovered to be a defective product and was recalled by the manufacturer when clips and straps began to fail. A Montana parent who has experienced an infant injury due to this or a similar defective product may choose to seek legal action against the manufacturer.
Reports indicate that the Hip Hammock created a falling risk for infants placed within the brace. Consumers experienced the breaking and tearing apart of the clips and straps that secure around the shoulders and hips of the adult. These are also attached to the carrier hammock, which is used to keep the infant secured to the adult wearing the carrier. A sudden break in the defective product can send the infant plummeting to the ground, with no way to hold on. All styles of this product have been deemed unsafe.
Records show there have been 87 failures with this defective product, some requiring emergency medical care of an infant who was injured. Around 305,000 of these carriers have been sold in the United States, posing a great risk to many children and infants. The product was sold at many popular retailers in Montana, as well as online marketplaces.
Playtex released an official statement and recall, advising all people who have obtained this product to cease use of it immediately. Retailers and independent owners may not attempt to sell or resell this product now, due to the recall. The fear and devastation that a Montana family can experience from an injury to their child from a defective product can be overwhelming. Some may choose to pursue justice for the inflicted harm and medical expenses they have suffered in such a situation.
Source: riverheadlocal.com, Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers recalled, No author, Dec. 29, 2013