Fisher-Price 'Rock 'n Play Sleepers' officially recalled after infant deaths

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

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".

Following a warning about a popular product for newborns that can be risky for children, The Consumer Product Safety Commission has now issued a recall of all Rock n' Play sleepers.

According to the recall, consumers 'should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher'.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday, asking why the voluntary recall was decided.

"Fisher-Price and the CPSC knew about deaths linked to this product for years and could have taken steps to avoid this unnecessary tragedy", Consumer Reports President Marta Tellado said in the statement.

Fisher-Price recalled almost five million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. "A warning issued by the CPSC and Fisher-Price on April 5 did not go far enough to ensure safety and protect infants". But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.

The recall did not say what caused the infants' deaths.

"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these unsafe products on the shelves", Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, said earlier in the week. The report came following a CPSC warning last week that tied 10 fatalities to the rockers.

More information about the recall can be found here. In its initial statement, Fisher-Price said the product "meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organization, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA)".

  • Wendy Palmer