On April 12, 2019, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it was recalling all models of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper after reports that it was linked to over 30 infant deaths since the product was released in 2009. Customers are instructed to immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The recall affects over four million products. The recall comes a week after the CPSC and Fisher-Price issued a joint warning in which they reported ten infant deaths in connection with the product. According to the joint statement, the deaths occurred after an infant three months of age or older rolled from their back to their stomach or side while the infant was unrestrained in the seat. At that time, the company recommended that consumers stop using the sleeper when an infant reached three months of age or as soon as the infant exhibited rollover capabilities.
Following release of the joint statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on the CPSC to issue a full recall of the infant rocker. The AAP cited a recent analysis by Consumer Reports which revealed that the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper had been linked to 32 sleep-related infant deaths from 2011 to 2018. According to Consumer Reports, some of the deaths included infants younger than the three-month threshold cited in the joint statement issued by the CPSC and Fisher-Price.
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