Fisher-Price recalls rocker amid reports of infant deaths

Fisher-Price recalls rocker amid reports of infant deaths

All models of Rock 'n Play Sleepers by Fisher-Price are being recalled after reports of infant fatalities occurring while using the product.

A warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission has turned into a recall.

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports published an analysis on the product and said it could be linked to up to 32 infant sleeping deaths. The AAP rarely issues warnings about child products or pushes for recalls. 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 CPSC warns consumers should stop using the "Rock n' Play Sleepers" immediately and return them to Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

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

Health Canada wrote to Mattel Canada in 2011 with concerns about the product, referring to Safe Sleep recommendations from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Fisher-Price recalled almost five million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. Tragically, that is not the case.

The recall affects all models of Rock 'n Play Sleepers, of which 4.7 million have been sold at major retailers in the USA for $40 to $149. "All other inclined sleepers should be investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission". The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.

ATTENTION PARENTS: Fisher-Price has issued a warning after reports of death when infants roll over while using their Rock 'N Play. The company said that children older than 3 months who have learned how to roll over should not use the "Rock 'N Play". The product was manufactured in China.

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