Published Date: 04/12/19
On April 5, 2019, Fisher-Price issued a warning on all of their Rock n’ Play sleepers. They have now issued a recall on the product. There are an estimated 4.7 million Rock-N-Play sleepers in circulation.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission was urged to issue the recall by Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics after 32 infant deaths were reported. Initial reports were of ten infant deaths who were older than three months and/or not strapped into the sleeper.
An investigation by Consumer Reports found additional deaths linked to the product, including deaths of babies under three months of age. They also reported deaths from causes other than rollovers.
In a press release, Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the AAP said, "This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately. When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it's being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock n' Play inclined sleeper puts infants' lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies."
The AAP does not recommend "inclined sleep products like the Rock n' Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby."
"The AAP advises against using car seats, strollers or other devices for sleep," the AAP said, "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."
You can determine if the product you own falls within the recall here.