Fisher-Price Recalls Millions of Baby Sleepers After Fatalities; Urge Customers to Stop Using & Request Refund

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 4.7 million Fisher-Price ‘Rock ‘n Play Sleepers’ after more than 30 infant deaths since its release in 2009.

The CPSC is advising customers to immediately stop using the sleepers and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. You can contact Fisher-Price at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

From CNN:

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price are recalling all of the company’s Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, with the commission linking the product to over 30 infant deaths in 10 years.

The recall will impact about 4.7 million sleepers, the commission said.

“I’m urging parents to stop using this product immediately and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, the CPSC’s acting chairwoman.

Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, said the company considered the recall the “best course of action” and will continue to stand by the safety of all its products.

“With these actions, we want parents around the world to know that safety will always be a cornerstone of our mission, that we are committed to these values and will continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of the infants and preschoolers who utilize our products,” Scothon said.

The decision comes a week after the commission and Fisher-Price issued a warning about the product, prompting calls from the American Academy of Pediatrics and grieving parents for immediate recall.

The commission said Friday that “over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after the infants rolled over while unrestrained or under other circumstances” since 2009.

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

Last week, the CPSC had only cited reports of 10 fatalities — of babies 3 months or older — but a Consumer Reports analysis linked the popular sleeper to 32 infant deaths, between 2011 and 2018.

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

Following Friday’s recall, Buerkle said the investigation into the sleepers had been a top priority for the commission and announced that officials will continue looking into other inclined sleep products.

“I urge consumers to report any incidents with inclined sleepers or other nursery products to CPSC at saferproducts.gov,” she said in a video statement. “As a mother and grandmother, there’s nothing more important to me than the safety of our children.”

Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or toll-free at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

 

 

Recall Details

 

Description:

This recall involves all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

Incidents/Injuries:

Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.

Sold At:

Major retailers for approximately $40 to $149.

Importer(s):

Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.

Manufactured In:
China
Recall number:
19-105
Recall date:
April 12, 2019
Units:
About 4.7 million products

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