Inflatable Air Mattresses Unsafe for Young Children | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

The holiday season is a time of travel and a time when many households accommodate out-of-town visitors.  As available beds become more scarce, many homeowners employ inflatable mattresses to accommodate additional guests.  Those inflatable mattresses are too soft for sleeping infants, however, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning that the mattresses are safe only for adults and older children.

Since 2002, the agency has received 16 reports of infant deaths attributable to inflatable mattresses — 11 children suffocated in a face-down position on the mattresses, and 5 died of suffocation after falling into gaps between the edge of the mattress and adjacent furniture or a wall.  The agency recommends the following safe sleeping tips for infants:

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