Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers after fatalities

Mae Love
April 13, 2019

Fisher-Price has issued a recall on all Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports of infant deaths.

For more information about the recall, customers can contact Fisher-Price at www.service.mattel.com and click on "Recalls & Safety Alerts" or at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

"However, due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions, we have chose to conduct a voluntary recall of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper in partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission", Fisher Price-owner Mattel Inc said.

A spokesperson told us, "Fisher-Price came forward to do this expedited recall for the safety of consumers".

On April 8, Consumer Reports said that many children who died were younger than 3 months of age.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher", the government agency said in a statement.

"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. A recall summary issued on Friday urged consumers to stop using the devices immediately.

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Just last week, the CPSC and Fisher-Price issued a warning about the product, which retailed for $49 to $149 and was sold at several major retailers dating back to 2009.

"The AAP advises against using vehicle seats, strollers or other devices for sleep", the AAP said, "because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation".

The AAP's notice appears to have been prompted by an investigation from Consumer Reports, whose president said in a statement the Rock 'n Play recall was "long overdue." .

"There is convincing evidence that the Rock "n Play inclined sleeper puts infants" lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies", he added. But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.

"Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day", the company said.

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports published an analysis on the product and said it could be linked to up to 32 infant sleeping deaths.

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