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Babies Die in Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play, Should Be Recalled

Babies Die in Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play, Should Be Recalled

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. All 10 were 3 weeks or older.

"Fisher-Price and Mattel, their parent company, we're in negotiations to, I guess just discuss kind of what we expect from us talking out and speaking about the dangers of this chair", Evan said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering asking Fisher-Price to voluntarily recall its popular Rock 'n Play sleeper, according to acting chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. The CPS recommends against sleeping babies on an incline during the first year of their life, warning parents to "use a firm, flat surface for sleep". "It's not safe for a baby to sleep at an angle, whether it's a auto seat or a swing".

Consumer Reports said its investigation into infant deaths linked to the Rock 'n Play Sleeper found some babies that died were younger than 3 months. All Rock 'n Plays also come with a harness restraint belt.

"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these unsafe products on the shelves", said Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP SIDS task force. "Stores should remove the Rock 'N Play Sleeper from their shelves". The AAP advises against using vehicle seats, strollers or other devices for sleep because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation.

On April 5, the federal government and Fisher-Price issued a warning about the product, which does not align with the recommendations of medical experts in regards to how babies should be positioned.

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"The Rock 'n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organisation, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)".

"The safety of children is our highest priority". 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. Still, Consumer Reports said that the company's product poses a serious hazard.

"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these risky products on the shelves", Dr. Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, said in the statement.

"CPSC is continuing to investigate the product and, if the evidence indicates a need for a recall, we will take that step". Some models include a feature that automatically rocks the inclined sleeper with a button; others vibrate or rock manually.

While parents and carers should always heed the safety warnings and instructions when using rockers and bouncers, Red Nose recommends only using them for supervised play time.