Fisher-Price has agreed to recall its Rock ‘n Play Sleeper after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) linked the product to more than 30 infant deaths in 10 years. About 4.7 million sleepers will be affected.
“I’m urging parents to stop using this product immediately and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher,” said CSPC acting chairwoman Ann Marie Buekle. Fisher-Price General Manager Chuck Scothon said the company agreed to issue the recall because it was the “best course of action.”
The decision comes a week after the commission and Fisher-Price fell short of a recall, instead issuing a warning to parents not to put infants older than 3 months of age or infants unrestrained in the sleeper due to the risk of the baby rolling over and falling out. Babies generally begin rolling over at about 3 months of age, the CPSC said. At the time, CPSC had linked 10 deaths since 2015 to Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.
Fisher-Price also didn’t deem it necessary to recall the sleepers, insisting that the product meets all relevant safety standards for the U.S. and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
Last week’s announcement prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics and parents who had lost babies while in the product to call for a recall. Consumer Reports also released an analysis that found the sleeper responsible for 32 infant deaths from 2011 to 2018. CSPC Spokeswoman Patty Davis said at the time that the commission was looking into those reports.
On Friday, CPSC had changed its tune, announcing that that it had linked the Rock ‘n Play Sleepers to more than 30 deaths since 2009, caused by infants rolling over while unrestrained in the sleeper “or under other circumstances.”
Buerkle said the CPSC would investigate safety issues with other inclined sleep products. “I urge consumers to report any incidents with inclined sleepers or other nursery products to CPSC at saferproducts.gov,” she said in a video statement. “As a mother and grandmother, there’s nothing more important to me than the safety of our children.”