Consumer Reports wants Fisher Price infant sleeper recalled citing more deaths

Irving Hamilton
April 13, 2019

"The loss of a child is tragic and heartbreaking". "The Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately".

A federal warning was issued last week with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Pirce about the product, but an official recall has not been issued.

In response to the infant deaths and the possibility of a recall, Chuck Scothon, general manager of Fisher-Price, said in a statement to UPI that the product meets "all applicable safety standards". "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".

Fisher Price has responded by recommending that children older than 3 months not use the device.

A spokesperson for the ACCC told The Sydney Morning Herald that the sleeper was being investigated "as a matter of priority", and that the ACCC wasn't aware of any deaths or injuries from the Rock 'n Play sleeper in Australia. Fisher-Price received 600 reports of mold on the product, with some customers reporting their infants was treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product, according to the CPSC.

For nearly 90 years, generations of parents have trusted Fisher-Price to provide high-quality and safe products for their children, and we work hard to earn that trust every day.

The Canadian Paediatric Society has similar recommendations, including that babies should sleep on a flat, firm surface, and that soft materials including couches, air mattresses ad pillows are not safe.

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"CPSC has identified a hazard with rollover issues in the Fisher-Price Rock "n Play involving 10 infant deaths".

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

"AAP urges parents to stop using the product immediately", the group said in a statement posted to its website on Tuesday. It also advises against using auto seats, strollers or other devices for sleeping due to risk of roll over leading to possible suffocation or strangulation. It is essential that the product warnings and instructions are always followed.

It cited reports of 10 deaths that occurred in the inclined sleeper since 2015 after infants - all 3 months or older - rolled from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained.

An American consumer watchdog group is demanding the recall of an incline sleeping chair for infants that has been linked to over 30 baby deaths in the last eight years.

Parenting forums have always been filled with comments from parents raving that the inclined position of the Rock 'n Play helps their babies sleep but wondering whether it is safe.

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