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Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play Sleeper after 32 deaths

Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play Sleeper after 32 deaths

A warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play seat after reports of infant deaths.

For more information about the recall, customers can contact Fisher-Price at www.service.mattel.com and click on "Recalls & Safety Alerts" or at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances", CPSC said in Friday's recall.

Fisher-Price did not immediately issue a recall for the device's after the CPSC's warning, and it's unclear what prompted the change.

The CPSC previously recommended consumers stop using the product by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.

The CPSC has estimated the recall affects about 4.7m products.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the US government, warned consumers to immediately stop using the product and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The product was manufactured in China.

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"This product is risky and I urge parents and caregivers to stop using it right away", said Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairperson of AAP's Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee. "I am glad to see this product off the market and urge all parents to talk to their pediatricians about how to keep their babies safe during sleep time and any time".

"The AAP advises against using auto seats, strollers or other devices for sleep", the AAP said, "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". Tragically, that is not the case.

ATTENTION PARENTS: Fisher-Price has issued a warning after reports of death when infants roll over while using their Rock 'N Play.

A Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

However, on Tuesday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demanded the sleepers be recalled, citing Consumer Reports' analysis that recorded 32 infant deaths involving the product between 2011 and 2018.

The AAP has warned that inclined sleepers such as these do not align with safe sleep guidelines, which state that babies should be put to bed alone on their backs, on a firm, flat mattress, free from soft bedding. "We stand by the safety of our products", Scothon said.

Some studies have suggested that babies that sleeping on their backs have a lower chance of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).