Fisher-Price warns customers about Rock 'n Play sleeper

Lloyd Doyle
April 13, 2019

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", said Kyle Yasuda, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a statement. The statement also acknowledged that the product had been linked to the deaths of 10 infants three months or older.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price have jointly issued an alert warning parents and caregivers to discontinue use of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper when infants begin to roll over".

Fisher-Price says its sleeper reminded parents place infants on their backs to sleep, to utilize restraints, and make sure that no blankets or cushions are put in the sleeper and suits all security standards.

The sleeper conflicts with the AAP's recommendations for safe sleep environments for babies in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Then, the joint statement included warnings to stop using the product when infants turn 3 months old or as soon as infants can roll over, citing reports of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play Sleeper that have occurred since 2015.

A different Rock 'n Play model was recalled in 2013 due to the risk of mold developing between the seat cushion and the hard plastic frame.

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for a recall of the Rock 'N Play, telling parents to stop using it "immediately". "Stores should remove the Rock 'N Play Sleeper from their shelves".


Experts say the Fisher Price "Rock 'n Play Sleeper", created to help babies fall asleep, can be deadly if the baby rolls over onto its stomach while inside.

The federal agency, tasked with regulating consumer products, has "identified a hazard with rollover issues", in which babies move onto their stomachs or sides and can't return to their back. This comes after it was tied to only 10 deaths on April 5.

According to Consumer Reports , their "review of the data shows that certain cases did have contributing factors such as illness or additional bedding, the number of incidents associated with the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, combined with long-standing expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, raises serious safety concerns about the product".

"The safety of children is our highest priority", Scothon said. Fisher-Price received 600 reports of mold on the product, with some customers reporting their infants was treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product, according to the CPSC.

The sleeper features a cradle on a metal stand that rocks infants.

As many as 32 babies have died while sleeping in a popular rocking product, and Australian authorities are echoing their American counterparts in demanding the product be kept away from children.

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CSPC told UPI it is investigating deaths linked to the sleeper and is evaluating the potential need for a recall. It is essential that the product warnings and instructions are always followed.

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