Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers after fatalities

Roman Schwartz
April 13, 2019

There are about 4.7 million rockers on the market.

The CPSC says more than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in the sleepers since the product's introduction in 2009.

People who have the product should immediately stop using it and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

The recall was announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Friday.

Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, said the company considered the recall the "best course of action" and will continue to stand by the safety of all its products.

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"I urge consumers to report any incidents with inclined sleepers or other nursery products to CPSC at saferproducts.gov", she said in a video statement.

As a result, both the USPSC and Fisher-Price warned parents to stop using the rocking crib without restraints once their children were more than three months old.

However, on Tuesday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demanded the sleepers be recalled, citing Consumer Reports' analysis that recorded 32 infant deaths involving the product between 2011 and 2018. Tragically, that is not the case. These deaths happened after the babies rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained. In recent days, questions have been raised about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper. The report came following a CPSC warning last week that tied 10 fatalities to the rockers.

The parent company of Fisher-Price, Mattel, told the New York Times in a statement that parents should "always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play sleeper".

The AAP does not recommend any sleeping products for infants or any products that require restraining a baby. The sleepers, a soft cradle that vibrates, are used to put babies to sleep.

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