Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleepers After Dozens of Baby Deaths Reported
A week after Fisher-Price issued a warning on Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, the company is telling parents to give it up for good.
April 12, 2019
Parents will probably want to give up Fisher-Price’s Rock’n Play Sleepers for good. The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall Friday on about 4.7 million products.
“Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances,” the recall stated. Parents are advised to contact Fisher-Price by phone at 866-812-6518 (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) or go online to receive a refund or voucher.
The news comes after Fisher-Price and CPSC issued a warning about the product earlier in the month, revealing 10 infants (3 months or older) died from rolling over while using it. But a few days later, the American Academy of Pediatrics asked the CPSC to issue a recall in response to a Consumer Reports article, which revealed more information about infant deaths than was shared in Fisher-Price’s warning. The article stated at least 32 babies have died while in the Rock ’n Play—some younger than 3 months—and rolling over wasn't always the reason.
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“We cannot put any more children’s lives at risk by keeping these dangerous products on the shelves,” Rachel Moon, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, said in a statement. “The Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately. It does not meet the AAP’s recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby. Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding.”
Original report: April 5, 2019
Parents who own Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play, listen up! The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a potentially life-saving warning Friday: they are urging parents to stop using the product once their infant starts to roll over or hits 3 months. (That's how early some babies can begin to roll over.)
The warning comes as a result of at least 10 infants dying while using the Rock ‘n Play since 2015, according to the joint statement. These babies, who they said were 3 months or older, rolled over from their backs onto their side or stomach. They were reportedly also not restrained in the three point harness. Keep in mind, CPSC recommends babies are restrained in all infant inclined sleep products when using them.
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Fisher-Price insists the product, which hit the market in 2009, is safe as long as parents follow the proper precautions.
"To ensure a safe sleep environment for infants, we remind parents and caregivers to follow all safety warnings included with the product: always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play Sleeper," Fisher-Price wrote on Facebook. "The Rock 'n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization, known as ASTM International, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)."