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

A warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play seat after reports of infant deaths A warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play seat after reports of infant deaths
Ginger Lawrence | 13 April, 2019, 05:37

After dozens of infant deaths, Fisher-Price is recalling its Rock "N" Play infant sleepers.

The company said it would refund purchases for the sleepers.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

Fisher-Price is encouraging everyone to stop using the Rock 'n Plays now.

As a result, both the USPSC and Fisher-Price warned parents to stop using the rocking crib without restraints once their children were more than three months old. All 10 deaths associated with the sleepers were of infants older than 3 months.

Fisher-Price did not immediately issue a recall for the device's after the CPSC's warning, and it's unclear what prompted the change.

More importantly, if they are sleeping somewhere high and without any kind of barrier around them, babies that roll over can fall. But, Hoffman said, "we feel like this is a risky product".

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Fisher-Price had previously issued a warning about the product last week, saying that 10 babies had died while using it since 2015.

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", Kyle Yasuda, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in the news release.

There are about 4.7 million rockers on the market.

Patty Davis, a spokeswoman with CPSC, had said the commission was aware of the report of additional fatalities and were looking into those deaths.

Consumer advocates say the recall has too many restrictions and could cause confusion.

"Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding", Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, said in a statement.

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.