Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers after fatalities

A warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play seat after reports of infant deaths
A warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play seat after reports of infant deaths
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13 April, 2019

US regulators have issued a formal recall for all models of Fisher-Price "Rock 'n Play" sleepers amid rising safety concerns.

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.

Consumers are advised to contact Fisher-Price online or by calling 866-812-6518 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

At least 10 deaths occurred after infants rolled over in the product, which ranges in price from $59.99-$119.99, according to the CPSC, which stated that infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the US government, warned consumers to immediately stop using the product and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

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Families who have owned it for longer than that will be offered a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product, depending on how long they owned the Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

The AAP does not recommend any sleeping products for infants or any products that require restraining a baby.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning on the rockers last week, but Fisher-Price resisted a recall until now. "By not fully compensating consumers, Fisher-Price is assuring that many consumers will instead choose to keep the product", said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing childhood injuries from consumer products. "There is convincing evidence that the Rock "n Play inclined sleeper puts infants" lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies".

In May 2018, the CPSC issued a warning to parents indicating they were "aware of infant deaths associated with inclined sleep products", specifically, "bassinet-like products with an inclined back to elevate the baby's head and torso".

"The AAP advises against using vehicle seats, strollers or other devices for sleep", the AAP said, "because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation".


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