"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", according to the agency. The AAP says the design causes asphyxia, or the lack of ability to breathe, based on the baby's position in the sleeper.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics" safe sleep guidelines state that babies should not be put to bed at an incline because it can increase the risk of suffocation.
As many as 32 babies have died while sleeping in a popular rocking product, and Australian authorities are echoing their American counterparts in demanding the product be kept away from children.. Tragically, that is not the case.
Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP task force on SIDS, said the sleeper does not meet the organization's recommendations "for a safe sleep environment for any baby".
"The Rock 'n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the global standards organization, known as ASTM worldwide, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)". "We will continue to do all we can to ensure that parents and caregivers have the information necessary to create a safe sleep environment for infants".
According to the report, some of those babies were younger than the 3-month cutoff called for in the CPSC and Fisher-Price warning ― a discrepancy the AAP called "alarming".
In response to the infant deaths and the possibility of a recall, Chuck Scothon, general manager of Fisher-Price, said in a statement to UPI that the product meets "all applicable safety standards".
The CPSC responded to CR by saying it is "continuing to evaluate the product and investigate whether it contains a defect. and if the evidence indicates a need for a recall, we will take that step".
The academy also discourages the use of auto seats, strollers or other devices for infant sleep because a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, resulting in suffocation or strangulation.
A different Rock 'n Play model was recalled in 2013 due to the risk of mold developing between the seat cushion and the hard plastic frame.
Parenting forums have always been filled with comments from parents raving that the inclined position of the Rock 'n Play helps their babies sleep but wondering whether it is safe.