Fisher-Price issues warning over Rock ‘n Play Sleeper linked to 10 infant deaths
A federal consumer agency and Fisher-Price are warning parents about the Rock ’n Play sleeper following reports that 10 infants since 2015 have died after rolling over while in the seat.
In a joint statement on Friday, the agency, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the company recommended that parents stop using the seat when a child reaches 3 months old “or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.”
The deaths occurred after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side when they were unrestrained in the seat. All the infants who died were 3 months or older, the statement said.
The Rock ’n Play sleeper features a fabric cradle on a metal stand that rocks babies so they can be soothed to sleep. Fisher-Price said parents should always use the sleeper’s harness to secure infants.
“Always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock ’n Play sleeper,” Fisher-Price said in a separate statement released by Mattel, its parent company. “A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy.”
Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, said a “child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy” in a statement about the warning.
Mr Scothon also noted that the sleeper meets all “applicable safety standards.”
He added: “Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day”.
Patty Davis, a spokesperson for the CPSC, said the latest death was reported last month. She said the commission is currently investigating the product.
“If it turns out that it needs to be recalled, we will move forward with that,” Ms Davis told CNN.