Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

In Canada, the Rock 'n Play is classified as a "soother" rather than a "sleeper" due to Canadian regulations that do not allow the product to be used for unattended sleep, according to Fisher-Price. A recall summary issued on Friday urged consumers to stop using the devices immediately.

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. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

CPSC and Fisher-Price also reminded parents to "create a safe sleep environment" and never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the Rock 'n Play.

"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", it said.

"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.

"To truly protect the public, the CPSC should set strong rules for all infant sleep products, including mandating what medical experts already recommend: a firm, flat surface in a bare crib, bassinet, or play yard", he said. In its initial statement, Fisher-Price said the product "meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organization, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA)".

  • Anthony Vega