Baby sleeper recalled in Australia after link to deaths

Marco Green
April 14, 2019

All models of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper are being recalled, according to a notice posted on the CPSC's website.

In a statement, Fisher-Price owner, Mattel confirmed the recall and stood by the product's safety.

Toymaker Fisher-Price made a decision to recall almost five million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers after it was linked to the death of 32 infants.

The recall affects about 4.7million products, according to the CPSC.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will work with Mattel's Fisher Price to recall the company's Rock 'n Play baby sleepers, an ACCC spokeswoman said on Saturday afternoon.

He told CNN: "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 prioritise the health, safety and well-being of the infants and preschoolers who utilise our products".

The products were sold at major retailers for about $40 to $149. "Tragically, that is not the case", said Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the AAP.

"Questions have been raised about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper - that's why today, we are announcing a voluntary recall of all units of the product", Fisher-Price said on its website. This could lead to suffocation or strangulation.

Inclined sleep products also do not align with the recommendations of AAP that babies should be put on their backs on a flat, firm surface during night time or prolonged sleep.

The organisation cited several reports that linked the product to 32 separate infant deaths. But it's a hard metric to regulate as every baby will develop at a different speed - some rolling over at five months, and some before three months. Ezra was asleep in the Rock n' Play while his father, Keenan, slept on a couch next to him. When Keenan woke in the middle of the night, he found his son unresponsive. Fisher-Price had warned parents not to use the stroller once infants displayed rolling capabilities.

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