US regulators have officially recalled all Fisher-Price "Rock 'n Play" sleepers because of growing safety concerns. At least 32 babies died there after returning home.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the US government, warned consumers to immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a discount.
"Since the introduction of the product in 2009, more than 30 infants have died at Rock's Play Sleepers, after infants have returned without restraint or in other circumstances," said CPSC in its reminder. Friday.
The recall concerns all Rock 'n Play Sleepers models, of which 4.7 million were sold at major retailers in the United States for US $ 40 to $ 149. Fisher-Price is a New York-based company, but its products are also sold elsewhere.
Earlier this month, the CPSC said it knew of the deaths of 10 children at Rock 'n Play since 2015, but parents were asked to stop sleeping once their child could turn around. before the reminder. On Monday, Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization, said it had known of at least 32 deaths since 2011.
According to Consumer Reports, some cases had contributing factors such as illness or extra bedding. But given the number of deaths and expert medical advice that babies have to sleep on firm, flat surfaces, the recall of the product has been increasingly important.
"This product is deadly and must be recalled immediately," said Tuesday Kyle Yasuda, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "There is compelling evidence that the Rock 'n Play tilted sleeper puts babies' lives at risk."
Fisher-Price insisted earlier this month on the safe use of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, but urged parents to follow warnings and instructions regarding the product. "Fisher-Price and each of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously and we are committed to building that trust every day," he said.