A Message from Fisher-Price:
As of April 12, Fischer-Price has recalled one of its products due to reports of infant death.The company is recalling all models of its Rock ‘n Play Sleepers— about 4.7 million units nationwide. This comes after reports of more than 30 infant fatalities that have occurred in the product since 2009.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted earlier Friday morning, stating that those using the Rock ‘n Play sleeper should “stop using the product and contact Fischer-Price for a refund or voucher.According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, infant fatalities have occurred in the product after “infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained or other under circumstances.”
The product has been sold at major retailers for about $40-$149 and was manufactured in China. On Monday April 11, Consumer Reports wrote that at least four additional deaths have been linked to this product and other “infant inclined sleepers.”
“CR also urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set strong rules for all infant sleep products and give consumers more protective, timely, and consistent safe sleep advice,” Consumer Reports wrote. “’These inclined products are linked to infant deaths and conflict with medical experts’ safe sleep recommendations. Kids II should recall them immediately,’ says William Wallace, senior policy analyst at CR. ‘Babies should be put to bed alone, on their backs, on a flat, firm surface in their own space. If any infant sleep product doesn’t align with this advice, the CPSC should get it off the market right away, so that parents and caregivers don’t unwittingly put their babies at risk.’”
Consumer Reports made an initial report on the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper which triggered the American Academy of Pediatrics to urge the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the inclined sleeper.
“We have worked and will continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the safe use of our products, including the Rock ’n Play Sleeper,” Fischer-Price told Consumer Reports.
The report also noted that a former CPSC commissioner, Marietta Robinson said that the CPSC knew “the risks of these types of products for years and could have taken action sooner.”
“These deaths were occurring over many months at the end of my time there, and I pushed for answers and appropriate action,” Robinson told Consumer Reports.
According to Consumer Reports’ article, Robinson stated that the agency told her they “could not determine if the deaths resulted from a defect, which I believe to be nonsense.”
Contact Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com or toll-free at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.
To see the recall report, visit CPSC.gov.