Fisher-Price has recalled over 4.7 million of its Rock 'n Play Sleeper after reports linked the product to over 30 infant deaths. The recall affects all models of the product, which have been manufactured since its introduction in 2009. The recall comes after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning in April 2019 about the potential dangers of using the Rock 'n Play sleeper. The warning was issued after reports of at least 10 infant deaths linked to the product, which occurred when infants rolled over and became trapped in the product's harness. Since then, the number of deaths has risen to over 30.
Fisher-Price has stated that the recall is due to incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions. The company has faced criticism for not recalling the product sooner and for not doing more to address the safety concerns raised by the AAP and the CPSC. Consumer advocacy groups have called for stricter regulations for infant products, arguing that current regulations do not adequately protect infants from dangerous products.
Parents who own the Rock 'n Play sleeper are being urged to stop using the product immediately and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The CPSC has also urged parents to follow safety guidelines for all infant products, including using restraints correctly, and to never use products that have been recalled.
In conclusion, this recall of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper serves as a tragic reminder of the importance of product safety for infant products. Companies must adhere to strict safety standards and parents must be vigilant in following guidelines for the products they use for their babies. The news of over 30 infant deaths linked to the product is devastating, and it highlights the need for stricter regulations and increased education about the potential hazards of these products.