Fisher-Price 'Rock 'n Play Sleepers' officially recalled after infant deaths

Andrew Cummings
April 13, 2019

Fisher-Price has issued a recall for all Rock 'n Play Sleepers following reports of deaths when infants roll over.

NEW YORK (AP) - Fisher-Price recalled almost 5 million infant sleepers on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers", it said.

Fisher-Price had previously issued a warning about the product last week, saying that 10 babies had died while using it since 2015. The agency said infants have died after rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other circumstances.

A separate Consumer Reports investigation linked the device to at least 32 infant deaths, including some for babies younger than the 3-month-old benchmark from Fisher-Price's original warning.

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the AAP, said in a press release.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

"The product meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organization, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)", the statement continued.

A Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

Fisher-Price issued a voluntary recall of all models of Rock 'n Play Sleepers on April 12.

The company said it would refund purchases for the sleepers. Tragically, that is not the case. 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.

"We stand by the safety of our products". The Rock 'n Play Sleeper and others like it increase the risk of suffocation and strangulation.

The CPSC said parents should never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys or other items to places where babies sleep - cribs, bassinets, play pens or inclined sleepers. There have been 10 infant deaths already involved.

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