VA couple warns others after son dies in Fisher-Price sleeper

Daniel Fowler
April 13, 2019

The AAP's call for a recall came a week after the Consumer Product Safety Commission asked customers to stop using the sleeper if their children are able to roll over in it. All 10 were 3 weeks or older.

On its website, Fisher-Price said the company "will continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other global regulators, to encourage the safe use of our products and find ways to keep your little ones happy, healthy and above all - safe".

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about a Fisher-Price infant swing that has been linked to dozens of deaths when babies roll over in the product. The AAP says infants should be placed on their backs on a firm, flat mattress and away from soft bedding and bumper pads. "It's not safe for a baby to sleep at an angle, whether it's a vehicle seat or a swing".

Consumer Reports author Rachel Peachman said the magazine found deaths of babies younger than 3 months, and says the sleepers' very design, on an incline, poses a risk to infants because they can suffocate if their heads tilt forward. "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".

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for a recall of the Rock 'N Play, telling parents to stop using it "immediately". "It's totally inappropriate for companies or the CPSC to put the bulk of the responsibility for safety on parents and caregivers-especially when a product indicates it's safe for routine sleep but really isn't-or to imply that they're to blame for tragedies".

But the AAP said the warning, which also said 10 babies have died while using the product since 2015, is not enough and cited Consumer Reports' analysis that recorded 32 infant deaths involving the product between 2011 and 2018.

The AAP does not recommend inclined sleep products or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby.

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The 10 children who died were over the age of three months, it said. "The Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately".

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

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

"Generations of parents have trusted us for nearly 90 years to provide safe products for their children".

The CPSC responded to CR by saying it is "continuing to evaluate the product and investigate whether it contains a defect. and if the evidence indicates a need for a recall, we will take that step".

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

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