U.S. recalls Rock 'n Play Sleepers after 32 deaths


The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price issued a voluntary recall of a product linked to the deaths of more than 30 infants since 2009.

But AAP's chair of the Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS) said the product fails to meet the group's recommendations for a "safe sleep environment".

The recall is for all Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleepers.

Since the product was introduced in 2009, more than 30 infant fatalaties have been reported, according to a news release.

The voluntary recall comes a week after Fisher-Price and CPSC issued a safety warning on the sleepers. Fisher-Price will issue a refund.

The Consumer Reports analysis was published on April 8, just days after the CPSC issued a warning on the product imploring parents to stop using it once their children turned 3 months old or began exhibiting the ability to roll over - whichever came first. "The Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately".

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

A Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper. "We need to step up efforts to assure safety in products before they go on store shelves or into our homes".

"The AAP advises against using auto seats, strollers, or other devices for sleep because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation", it said. The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate. "We continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the safe use of our products, including the Rock 'n Play Sleeper".

'This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately, ' Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said at the time.

For more information about the recall, visit the CPSC site here.

"To truly protect the public, the CPSC should set strong rules for all infant sleep products, including mandating what medical experts already recommend: a firm, flat surface in a bare crib, bassinet, or play yard", he said.