Fisher-Price recalls rocker amid reports of infant deaths

Irving Hamilton
April 13, 2019

That warning turned to a recall Friday of the roughly 4.7 million products sold since 2009, noting that more than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'N Play sleepers.

According to the CPSC, more than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers since 2009, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. All 10 infants were 3 months or older.

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", said AAP President Dr. Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, in his organization's statement.

In response, Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of the product and is advising consumers to stop using the Rock 'n Play Sleeper immediately. The product was manufactured in China.

Following Friday's recall, Buerkle said the investigation into the sleepers had been a top priority for the commission and announced that officials will continue looking into other inclined sleep products.

The AAP, meanwhile, said it doesn't recommend children using "inclined sleep products like the Rock 'n Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby". Families who have owned it for longer than that will be offered a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product, depending on how long they owned the Rock 'n Play Sleeper. "I am glad to see this product off the market and urge all parents to talk to their pediatricians about how to keep their babies safe during sleep time and any time".

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The Rock "n Play is not on Toys R Us" Canadian website, is listed on Walmart's Canadian website but is not available to purchase, and is available on Amazon and Best Buy's Canadian websites.

"We stand by the safety of our products".

Following a warning about a popular product for newborns that can be unsafe for children, The Consumer Product Safety Commission has now issued a recall of all Rock n' Play sleepers.

Some studies have suggested that babies that sleeping on their backs have a lower chance of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Earlier this week, following the article from Consumer Reports, Fisher-Price said its Rock 'n Play Sleeper "meets all applicable safety standards".

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