Fisher-Price recalls millions of sleepers after more than 30 babies die

Image from Consumer Reports

Image via Consumer Reports

Parents have bene urged to contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

"To ensure a safe sleep environment for infants, we remind parents and caregivers to follow all safety warnings included with the product: always use the provided restraints, 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".

On its website, the commission said at least 30 infants had died in the sleeper model since its 2009 release. Despite its confidence toward existing product safety, Mattel agreed to a voluntary product recall encouraged by the Consumer Product Safety Commission "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions".

"Infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'N Play Sleepers after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained or under other circumstances", the USA consumer safety agency said.

In a statement, Fisher-Price owner, Mattel confirmed the recall and stood by the product's safety.

The products are being recalled because infant fatalities have occurred after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other circumstances, according to CPSC. "Tragically, that is not the case", said Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the AAP.

According to the AAP, the Rock n' Play sleeper and other inclined sleep products that require restraining a baby increases the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position, and be incapable of moving.

The AAP cited a report by United States magazine website Consumer Reports, which linked the product to 32 separate infant deaths. But it's a hard metric to regulate as every baby will develop at a different speed - some rolling over at five months, and some before three months. Fisher-Price had warned parents not to use the stroller once infants displayed rolling capabilities.

"The Rock 'n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the global standards organization".

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