Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play Sleepers


The US Consumer Producer Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed on Friday that the children died after '"rolling from their back to the stomach or side, while unrestrained" while inside Fisher Price's "Rock 'n Play" infant sleeper.

Fisher-Price concurred with the CPSC's warning and noted that the reported deaths showed some parents and consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three-point harness restraint. Medical literature indicates, infants typically begin rollover behaviors at 3 months.

However, Fisher-Price has since confirmed to Consumer Reports that they are aware of 32 infant fatalities associated with the Rock "n Play Sleeper since the product was introduced in 2009".

However parents have been asked to "never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the environment".

The company stated on its website that it continues to stand by the safety of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, as the seat continues to meet various safety standards. All 10 infants were three months or older, the release states.

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A spokesperson for the commission, Patty Davis, revealed that the most recent death was reported last month.

Fisher-Price Premium Auto Rock n' Play sleepers are on sale at Amazon for $117.66 in Australia. CPSC has previously warned consumers to use restraints in infant inclined sleep products.

A recall has not been issued, but the commission said it is now investigating the product to determine whether or not it needs to be recalled.

In another post in 2016, Benaroch wrote: "The Rock-n-Play Sleeper ... is marketed and sold as a "sleeper.' You can tell, because the word 'sleeper" is in the name of the product".