Million Rock 'n Play Sleepers Recalled by Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers recalled

The company said it would refund purchases for the sleepers.

About 4.7 million units are affected by this recall and have been sold at major retailers for between $40 and $149.

At least 32 infant fatalities linked to the sleeper model have occurred since 2009, the safety commission said.

In response, Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of the product and is advising consumers to stop using the Rock 'n Play Sleeper immediately. The analysis found that numerous children who had died were younger than 3 months old.

More information is available on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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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. But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled. Fisher-Price is a company based in NY, but its products are also sold elsewhere. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation. Tragically, that is not the case. In recent days, questions have been raised about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) urged the product's recall, labelling the sleeper "deadly". But, Hoffman said, "we feel like this is a unsafe product".

The recall did not say what caused the infants' deaths.

The parent company of Fisher-Price, Mattel, told the New York Times in a statement that parents should "always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play sleeper". The deaths happened after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under "other circumstances".

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