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Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Rock 'N Play Sleepers

Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Rock 'N Play Sleepers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says infants older than 3 months, or those who will roll over, should not utilize Fisher-Price Rock'n Plays because of multiple deaths.

Officials are urging parents to stop using the product before their child turns three months old, which is when infants begin exhibiting rollover behavior.

The babies died after rolling from their stomachs to their backs or sides while unrestrained in the Fisher-Price "Rock 'n Play".

The CPSC is recommending consumers stop using all models of the rock 'n play when the child is three months old, or as soon as the baby can roll over. "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".

In response to the US CPSC, Fisher Price said in a statement the company had a "long, proud tradition of prioritising safety" with regards to its products.

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Since the release of the Consumer Reports investigation, the AAP has also called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper, as seen in the tweet below. He also points out that the product "meets all applicable safety standards".

"The guidelines went over several important ways that parents can ensure that their children were sleeping safely", Benaroch tells Garcia. In all cases, the infants were not secured with the sleeper's harness.

The deaths of ten children in recent years have lead to parents being warned to stop using a portable cot.

"Make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play sleeper", a statement from Mattel read.

Doctors advise parents to position babies on their backs in cribs, bassinets or other infant beds.