At least 10 infants have died since 2015 after rolling onto their stomachs while lying unrestrained in the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the sleeper’s maker Fisher-Price warned.
All 10 infants were 3 months or older, the age that infants typically begin rollover behaviors. As a precaution, the CPSC is recommending consumers stop using the product by 3 months of age or as soon as their infant exhibits rollover capabilities. The agency has previously warned that restraints be used when infants are in inclined sleep products.
“The fact that we’re still seeing deaths in recent years is a cause of great concern,” CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis told Law360.
The latest death of a child caused by rolling off the sleeper was in March. Fisher-Price issued a statement saying that parents and other caregivers should follow the safety warnings for the sleeper, such as using restraints and not putting extra pillows, blankets or padding in the product.
“A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy,” a Fisher-Price statement read. “Generations of parents have trusted us for almost 90 years to provide safe products for their children.”
However, Fisher-Price isn’t recalling the Rock n’ Play sleeper, adding that it meets all relevant safety standards for the U.S. and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
In 2013, Fisher-Price recalled 800,000 Rock ‘n Play sleepers after receiving more than 600 consumer complaints about mold growing under the cushions that was allegedly causing babies to suffer respiratory problems.