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Warning over Fisher-Price sleepers after 10 babies die in US

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it previously warned consumers to use restraints in Fisher Price Rock 'n Play sleepers which are also sold in New Zealand Fisher-Price Issues Warning About Their Infant Sleepers After 10 Deaths Reported
Ginger Lawrence | 13 April, 2019, 12:41

After 10 infant deaths since 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price issued a joint warning to stop using Fisher-Price's Rock "N" Play sleeper as soon as infants show they can roll over.

Fisher-Price says parents should stop placing their infants in the Rock 'n Play when they can begin to roll over.

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

The company's general manager, Chuck Scothon said that a "child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy". The children who died in the sleeper were older than 3 months and, while unrestrained, managed to roll on their stomachs or sides before they died, BuzzFeed News reports. The most recent death was reported last month.

"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", he explained. CPSC has previously warned consumers to use restraints in infant inclined sleep products. He also points out that the product "meets all applicable safety standards". In all cases, the infants were not secured with the sleeper's harness.

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She said they are now investigating the cot.

In addition to advising against sleep products like the Rock 'n Play, the AAP also cautions parents against using any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby.

"The ACCC urges parents with this product to keep it out of reach of children", the spokesperson tells her.

Fisher-Price Premium Auto Rock n' Play sleepers are on sale at Amazon for $117.66 in Australia.