Fisher-Price Rock n' Play recall today after reports of infant deaths

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Fisher-Price Rock n' Play recall today after reports of infant deaths

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday that toymaker Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled all its "Rock 'n Play Sleeper" products after reports of more than 30 infant deaths.

The CPSC says more than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in the sleepers since the product's introduction in 2009.

In a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions". The deaths happened after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under "other circumstances".

Last week, the CPSC had only cited reports of 10 fatalities - of babies 3 months or older - but a Consumer Reports analysis linked the popular sleeper to 32 infant deaths, between 2011 and 2018.

"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the AAP, said in a press release.

The CPSC warns consumers should stop using the "Rock n' Play Sleepers" immediately and return them to Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

"The product meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the worldwide standards organization, known as ASTM global, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)", the statement continued.

"This product is unsafe 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. Tragically, that is not the case.

Fisher-Price is recalling almost 5 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies rolled over in them and died, since the product was introduced in 2009.

But AAP's chair of the Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS) said the product fails to meet the group's recommendations for a "safe sleep environment". "We need to step up efforts to assure safety in products before they go on store shelves or into our homes".

The Rock "n Play is not on Toys R Us" Canadian website, is listed on Walmart's Canadian website but is not available to purchase, and is available on Amazon and Best Buy's Canadian websites.

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