Popular Fisher-Price Product Linked to 10 Baby Deaths

Mae Love
April 13, 2019

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price issued a joint warning Friday about the latter's Rock 'n Play Sleeper, reporting that at least 10 infants older than three months have died by rolling over in the product since 2015.

The deaths have prompted only warnings from the company and the CPSC, which does not have a mandatory safety standard for infant inclined sleep products.

In it, Fisher-Price general manager Chuck Scothon reminds parents to "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". The children who died in the sleeper were older than 3 months and, while unrestrained, managed to roll on their stomachs or sides before they died, BuzzFeed News reports.

A spokesperson for the commission, Patty Davis, revealed that the most recent death was reported last month.

"Based on the deaths and injuries associated with the Fisher-Price Rock "n Play, the product clearly puts infants" safety at risk and should be recalled immediately", said William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumer Reports, in a statement Monday.

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"The guidelines went over several important ways that parents can ensure that their children were sleeping safely", Benaroch tells Garcia.

We call on the @USCPSC to issue an immediate recall for the @FisherPrice Rock 'n Play Sleeper, which has been tied to 32 infant deaths. In all cases, the infants were not secured with the sleeper's harness.

Fisher-Price Premium Auto Rock n' Play sleepers are on sale at Amazon for $117.66 in Australia.

Doctors advise parents to position babies on their backs in cribs, bassinets or other infant beds. "When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it's being sold in a store, it must be safe to use".

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