In 2014, a 2-year-old and 11-month-old child died of suffocation after eating a Herta sausage. This Monday, June 20, 2022, the brand appeared before the Dax court after the parents' complaint eight years earlier.
It’s a real drama that happened in 2014. A little boy named Lilian, choked on a Herta brand sausage, killing him moments later. Are knacki dangerous? For the parents of the child, aged only 2 years and 11 months at the time, no doubt! They filed a complaint against the brand following this tragic event. The group Herta was sued by Florence and Vincent Lerbey. The cause ? “Involuntary homicide by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence”, laid down by the Consumer Code. Lilian's parents had asked for the symbolic euro to prevent this type of incident from happening again.
Lilian’s death happened produced on August 11, 2014, while on vacation with his parents. The Bordeaux family was staying in a Messanges campsite. Meal of the day? Green beans and knackis cut into pieces. But it took very little time before the little boy choked on a piece of sausage. Florence and Vincent Lerbey, as well as their couple of friends, did everything to save Lilian. In vain. He suffered a cardiac arrest, despite multiple attempts to remove the food from her throat. It is only when the firefighters arrive that the end of the sausage is removed using special pliers. Unfortunately, it was too late.
Herta, dangerous for children?
This Monday, June 20, 2022, Herta is appearing before the Criminal Court of Dax, which reexamines the question of the dangerousness of the markin a new audience. The lawyer of the Lerbey family, Me Philippe Courtois recalls that the case of Lilian is not isolated. In 2018, the Paris Court of Appeal found Herta responsible for the disability of a 3-year-old girl. She had been close to death with a “Knacki Ball”. However, regarding Lilian, the Dax criminal court had acquitted Herta in 2021, considering that one should not “confuse the legal and the emotional”< /strong>. But according to the expertise of this month of June, “a set of technical impossibilities” prevent us from concluding that there is possible danger or, conversely, of the danger. discard. For his part, Me Courtois asks “to go further in the questions put to the expert”, such as to question “the recommendations and advice” listed by Herta on the packaging. For the time being, the company has not yet expressed itself.