Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

Daniel Fowler
April 13, 2019

Fisher-Price did not immediately issue a recall for the device's after the CPSC's warning, and it's unclear what prompted the change.

"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.

"Putting safety first, in partnership with the CPSC, Fisher-Price issued a voluntary recall of our Rock 'n Play Sleepers", Fisher-Price tweeted.

Two days after the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleepers, the CPSC announced the recall of all 4.7 million of the units on Friday.

Since 2009, when the product was introduced, more than 30 infant deaths have been reported while babies were wearing Rock 'n Play sleepers.

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Fisher-Price and the CPSC did not specify how the infants died, but said the deaths occurred after the babies rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained.

A previous warning from Fisher-Price said that older babies that were not buckled into the sleeper had rolled over, fallen out of it and been killed.

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", said AAP President Dr. Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, in his organization's statement. "When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it's being sold in a store, it must be safe to use". Tragically, that is not the case. But, Hoffman said, "we feel like this is a unsafe product". "Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding".

"This product is risky and I urge parents and caregivers to stop using it right away", said Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairperson of AAP's Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee.

CPSC and Fisher-Price also reminded parents to "create a safe sleep environment" and never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the Rock 'n Play.

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