Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play Sleepers
MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) --
Ten infants are known to have died in the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper since 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.
In a joint statement with Fisher-Price, the CPSC said it voted to announce that "the health and safety of the public requires immediate notice" of the danger to babies.
All of the infants died after rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. All 10 infants were aged 3 months or older.
Infants typically begin to roll over at 3 months, the CPSC noted. Because of this, the agency says parents and caregivers should stop use of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper when infants reach 3 months of age or when they begin rolling over.
Previously, the agency had warned parents and caregivers to use restraints in infant-inclined sleep products.
To provide a safe sleep environment for infants in a crib, bassinet, play yard or inclined sleeper, never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys or other items, and always place infants to sleep on their backs, CPSC said.
On its website, Fisher-Price said the company "will continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other international regulators, to encourage the safe use of our products and find ways to keep your little ones happy, healthy and above all -- safe."
For more information, head to the CPSC.
SOURCE: Consumer Product Safety Commission news release, April 5, 2018, Fisher-Price