Fisher-Price Warns Parents About Rock 'N Play Sleeper Following 10 Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price Warns Parents About Rock ‘N Play Sleeper Following 10 Infant Deaths

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If your child is three months old or can roll over, Fisher-Price says to discontinue using the Rock ‘n Play sleeper

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, a popular item for new parents and their babies. The warning asks consumers to stop using the Rock ‘n Play if their babies are able to roll over — because several infants have died as a result.

The infants were all three months or older and rolled from their backs to their stomachs while unrestrained, according to the warning. The CPSC says 10 infant deaths in the Rock ‘n Play have occurred since 2015, with the most recent death occurring last month.

Because deaths continue to occur, the CPSC is recommending consumers stop using the Rock ‘n Play by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities. Parents should always use restraints when an infant is in an inclined sleeper or swing.

Patty Davis, a spokesperson for the CPSC, says the commission is currently investigating the product. “If it turns out that it needs to be recalled, we will move forward with that,” Davis tells CNN. Fisher-Price is joining the CPSC in warning consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three-point harness restraint.

Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, issued a statement Friday about the warning.

“The Rock ‘n Play sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JMPA),” the statement reads in part. “That is why we also provide guidance about how to use our products on the front of the product packaging, in the product instructions, and on our website.”

Still, the thought of this popular sleeper being at the root of multiple infant deaths is a terrifying reality. “A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy,” Scothon says in a statement.  “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.”