Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after more than 30 babies died

Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after more than 30 babies died

Fisher-Price issued a recall of 4.7 million Rock 'n Play Sleepers Friday after multiple infants were found to have died while the product was in use.

"For nearly 90 years, Fisher-Price has made the safety of children our highest priority". The deaths happened after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under "other circumstances". But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.

In a statement, obtained by PEOPLE on Friday, Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, said a "child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy".

Families who have owned it for longer than that will be offered a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product, depending on how long they owned the Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

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Health Canada wrote to Mattel Canada in 2011 with concerns about the product, referring to Safe Sleep recommendations from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society. The CPSC's warning asked parents not to allow children over 3 months use the sleeper.

The company, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the product earlier this month, saying they were aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play that had occurred since 2015.

More information is available on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website. The report came following a CPSC warning last week that tied 10 fatalities to the rockers. The sleepers, a soft cradle that vibrates, are used to put babies to sleep.

The company said it would refund purchases for the sleepers. 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)".

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