32 infant deaths tied to Rock 'n Play sleepers, now under recall

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers recalled

All models of Fisher-Price Rock N' Play sleepers recalled after infant deaths

"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", said the statement issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances", CPSC said in Friday's recall. The company said that children older than 3 months who have learned how to roll over should not use the "Rock 'N Play".

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", Dr. Kyle Yasuda, the head president of the AAP, said in a press release.

The CPSC warns consumers should stop using the "Rock n' Play Sleepers" immediately and return them to Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. They were manufactured in China, the agency said.

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"This product is unsafe and I urge parents and caregivers to stop using it right away", said Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairperson of AAP's Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee. "When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it's being sold in a store, it must be safe to use".

The recall is for all Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleepers. Tragically, that is not the case.

However, on Tuesday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demanded the sleepers be recalled, citing Consumer Reports' analysis that recorded 32 infant deaths involving the product between 2011 and 2018. "The Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately". "All other inclined sleepers should be investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission".

Rachel Moon, a doctor and chair of the AAP's task force on sudden infant death syndrome, added in a news release that "infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding". The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate. There have been 10 infant deaths already involved.

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