Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play Sleepers

Darnell Taylor
April 13, 2019

At least 10 babies have died in Fisher-Price's "Rock 'n Play" sleeper since 2015, a warning from the company and the US Product Safety Commission (USPSC) revealed on Friday.

A consumer watchdog has warned parents to stop using a baby sleeper after it was linked to the deaths of 10 children in the United States.

However, Fisher-Price has since confirmed to Consumer Reports that they are aware of 32 infant fatalities associated with the Rock "n Play Sleeper since the product was introduced in 2009".

Fisher-Price told CR in an emailed statement, "The loss of a child is a devastating tragedy". The most recent death was reported last month.

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Medical experts say the product poses a risk because infants typically begin to roll over at three months. "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", he added.

A recall has not been issued, but the commission said it is now investigating the product to determine whether or not it needs to be recalled.

"Dr. Gold notes that devices like the Rock 'n Play can come in handy when you need to put your baby down for a moment but that parents should not get into the habit of allowing a baby to sleep in them".

As you can see outlined in the tweet below, the AAP recommends putting infants to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface in a bare crib, bassinet or play yard. "When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it's being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. She also cautions that due to variance in infant sizes, parents should not rely on the harness to keep the child from rolling over, as babies can wiggle their way into a variety of positions", Koenig continues.

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