Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
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Fisher-Price Rock n' Play recall today after reports of infant deaths

Fisher-Price Rock n' Play recall today after reports of infant deaths

Fisher-Price issued a recall of 4.7 million Rock 'n Play Sleepers Friday after multiple infants were found to have died while the product was in use.

The company said it would refund purchases for the sleepers.

Fisher-Price issued a voluntary recall of all models of Rock 'n Play Sleepers on April 12.

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.

Fisher-Price's refund option, however, only applies to consumers who have owned a Rock 'n Play Sleeper for less than six months, the CPSC recall said.

Fisher-Price insisted earlier this month that the Rock 'n Play Sleeper is safe to use, but urged parents to follow the product warnings and instructions. Last week, the safety commission and Fisher-Price asked consumers to stop using the sleeper after an infant reaches three months of age, "or is capable of rolling over".

"The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play that have occurred since 2015, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained". "By not fully compensating consumers, Fisher-Price is assuring that many consumers will instead choose to keep the product", said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing childhood injuries from consumer products. "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". They were manufactured in China, the agency said.

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".

However, on Tuesday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demanded the sleepers be recalled, citing Consumer Reports' analysis that recorded 32 infant deaths involving the product between 2011 and 2018. "Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding". But, Hoffman said, "we feel like this is a unsafe product". A recall summary issued on Friday urged consumers to stop using the devices immediately.

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