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Warning About Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Issued After Infant Deaths

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Credit: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

We’ve combined two posts here. The first by the New York Times reporting on the “warning” issued last Friday on the use of Fischer-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fischer Price issued the warning after 10 infant deaths since 2015 had been disclosed.

The second portion of the story if by Consumer Reports who state their investigation shows at least 32 infant deaths.  They ask why the product has not been ordered recalled.

NewYorkTimes: A federal consumer agency and Fisher-Price are warning parents about the Rock ’n Play sleeper following reports that 10 infants since 2015 have died after rolling over while in the seat.

In a joint statement on Friday, the agency, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the company recommended that parents stop using the seat when a child reaches 3 months old “or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.”

The deaths occurred after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side when they were unrestrained in the seat. All the infants who died were 3 months or older, the statement said.

The Rock ’n Play sleeper features a fabric cradle on a metal stand that rocks babies so they can be soothed to sleep. Fisher-Price said parents should always use the sleeper’s harness to secure infants. 

Consumer Reports Investigation: A Consumer Reports investigation into the safety of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper—a product designed and marketed for babies to sleep on an incline—found that it is tied to at least 32 infant deaths.

Amid CR’s investigation—and days after we asked for comment—the federal government and Fisher-Price on April 5 issued a warning about the product, which safety advocates believe does not go far enough. Medical experts tell CR that babies should be placed flat on their back alone and free of soft bedding—and not at an incline—to minimize the risk of accidental suffocation. Products such as the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper do not align with these recommendations.

The safety alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price includes a warning from the CPSC for consumers to stop using the product when infants turn 3 months old or “as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.” The alert cites reports of “10 infant deaths in the Rock ’n Play that have occurred since 2015, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained.”   

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