Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after more than 30 babies died

Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after more than 30 babies died

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officially recalled 4.7 million Fisher-Price "Rock 'n Play Sleepers" Tuesday after reports of at least 30 infant deaths related to using the product.

According to the recall notice, since the product was released in 2009, more than 30 babies have died because of the sleeper, either after they rolled over while unrestrained or in other circumstances. "Stores should remove the "Rock 'N Play Sleeper" from their shelves".

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the US government, warned consumers to immediately stop using the product and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

A previous warning from Fisher-Price said that older babies that were not buckled into the sleeper had rolled over, fallen out of it and been killed. "We continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the safe use of our products, including the Rock 'n Play Sleeper".

In a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions". It does not meet the AAP's recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby.

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Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics joined growing calls for a recall, citing a new report from Consumer Reports that found 32 infant deaths linked to the device. A recall summary issued on Friday urged consumers to stop using the devices immediately.

The Consumer Reports analysis was published on April 8, just days after the CPSC issued a warning on the product imploring parents to stop using it once their children turned 3 months old or began exhibiting the ability to roll over - whichever came first.

"Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day", the company said.

For more information about the recall, visit the CPSC site here. "Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding".

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