Consumer group urges full recall for infant seat linked to 32 deaths

Andrew Cummings
April 13, 2019

'This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately, ' said Kyle Yasuda, president of the pediatrician group. And CR's review found fatalities involving children younger than 3 months. As for Fisher-Price, CNN reports that Chuck Scothon, the general manager at Fisher-Price, said the sleeper meets all "applicable safety standards" and that the "safety of children is our highest priority".

But the New York-based toy company said that it voluntarily issued a joint alert with the CPSC on April 5 warning parents to stop using the rocking crib without restraints once their children are able to roll over or are more than three-months-old.

The Rock 'n Play has not been recalled even after a Consumer Reports investigation linked 32 baby deaths to the popular Fisher-Price product.

"Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding", Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, and chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, said in a statement. "It's not safe for a baby to sleep at an angle, whether it's a vehicle seat or a swing". "At this time, we are focusing on deaths associated with the rollover hazard, though we acknowledge that we are aware of other deaths that have occurred in a Rock 'n Play".

"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these risky products on the shelves", said Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP SIDS task force.

The Rock 'n Play is still on store shelves because there's no reported defect.

Consumer Reports, however, performed an investigation and found that at least 32 babies have died.

"The Rock 'n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organisation, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)".

"Fisher-Price has a long, proud tradition of prioritising safety as the cornerstone of our mission".

According to Evan Overton, the infant's mother, they haven't filed suit but are negotiating with Fisher-Price.

According to Consumer Reports, Fisher-Price said the company does not believe that these deaths have been caused by the product, as some of the children either had a previous medical condition or the product was not used properly.

The Australian consumer watchdog has warned parents to keep a Fisher-Price sleeper "out of reach of children" following reports it has been linked with at least 10 infant deaths in the USA since 2015.

"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these unsafe products on the shelves", Dr Rachel Moon, a doctor with the AAP said in the statement.

The sleeper (pictured) features a cradle on a metal stand that rocks infants.

CSPC told UPI it is investigating deaths linked to the sleeper and is evaluating the potential need for a recall.

In the statement, Fisher-Price said that it is essential that product warnings and instructions are always followed.

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