Fisher-Price has issued an important safety warning to parents after their Rock ’n Play Sleeper has been linked to the death of 10 infants.
The babies were all in the rocker at the time and managed to roll onto their stomaches or sides while unrestrained in the sleeper before they died.
These deaths go back to 2015 and the most recent death was in March 2019.
Safety alert issued by Fisher-Price after 10 babies die in Rock ’N Play Sleeper
Safety Alert: If your child is 3 months or older, or if your child can roll, stop using your Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play. 10 deaths since 2015 occurred when infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained. Learn more: https://t.co/Df5j3wzNkn pic.twitter.com/x0SeOJWfMc
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) April 5, 2019
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price are urging parents to stop putting their child in this baby sleeper if their children are able to roll over or sit up.
The sleeper hasn’t been recalled, as the product meets International safety standards, but Fisher-Price wants to warn parents of the dangers of using this product.
They say the rocker is meant for babies 3 months and younger. Once a baby reaches 3 months they are more able to roll over on their own.
The sleeper should also not be used for infants who can pull themselves up. All for eh babies that died were 3 months or older.
ALERT To Parents Using The Rock 'N Play Sleeper.
Fisher-Price Issues a Warning Today to Not Use The Rock 'N Play Sleeper After 10 Infants Have Died.
All Deaths Occurred at 3 Months or Older.#RockNPlaySleeper#FisherPrice#FridayThoughts pic.twitter.com/5M00qYtS0R
— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) April 5, 2019
“Fisher-Price warns consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three point harness restraint,” the warning states.
The sleeper is advertised to be used for naps and playtime. Parents can rock the baby and it also vibrates on its own.
Fisher-Price reminds parents that the restraints should always be used, babies should be placed on their backs and that extra padding is never used.
Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, said in a statement: “A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy.
“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.”
Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) & Fisher-Price issued an alert warning parents and caregivers to discontinue use of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper when infants begin to roll over. Click here to learn more about a safe sleep environment: https://t.co/wrDeE3Trl7 pic.twitter.com/qXvEbf6ZgQ
— Fisher-Price® (@FisherPrice) April 5, 2019
Fisher-Price has also publicly shared a statement regarding the sleeper on Twitter: “The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization (sic), known as ASTM International, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA). That is why we also provide guidance about how to use our products on the front of the product packaging, in the product instructions, and our website.”
This product is available for purchase in Australia.