Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

Fisher-Price has issued a recall on all Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports of infant deaths.

As a result, both the USPSC and Fisher-Price warned parents to stop using the rocking crib without restraints once their children were more than three months old. Fisher-Price will issue a refund.

The USPSC did not reveal the exact causes of the babies' deaths, but said they died after rolling from their stomachs to their backs or sides while unrestrained in the sleeper.

There are about 4.7 million rockers on the market.

In Canada, the Rock 'n Play is classified as a "soother" rather than a "sleeper" due to Canadian regulations that do not allow the product to be used for unattended sleep, according to Fisher-Price.

Fisher-Price called the deaths "an unimaginable tragedy". Tragically, that is not the case.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning on the rockers last week, but Fisher-Price resisted a recall until now.

Fisher-Price recalled almost five million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. "Stores should remove the "Rock 'N Play Sleeper" from their shelves". "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.

The Rock "n Play is not on Toys R Us" Canadian website, is listed on Walmart's Canadian website but is not available to purchase, and is available on Amazon and Best Buy's Canadian websites.

"To truly protect the public, the CPSC should set strong rules for all infant sleep products, including mandating what medical experts already recommend: a firm, flat surface in a bare crib, bassinet, or play yard", he said.

Earlier this week, following the article from Consumer Reports, Fisher-Price said its Rock 'n Play Sleeper "meets all applicable safety standards".

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