On April 12, 2019, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price announced that they were recalling all of Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. The recall had been issued after the product had been linked to more than 30 infant deaths.
4.7 Million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers Impacted
The recall will reportedly impact 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers.
Ann Marie Buerkle, the CPSC’s acting chairwoman, said, “I’m urging parents to stop using this product immediately and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher.”
Chuck Scothon, the general manager at Fisher-Price, said the company considered the recall the “best course of action.”
The CPSC reported that “over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances” since 2009.
A week prior to the announcement, the CPSC had cited reports of ten fatalities of babies three months or older. However, an analysis by Consumer Reports linked Rock ‘n Play Sleepers to 32 infant deaths between 2011 and 2018. A spokeswoman with the CPSC said the commission was aware of the report of additional fatalities and was looking into the deaths.
Among those deaths was five-month-old Ezra Overton, who passed away three days before Christmas in 2017. Ezra had been napping in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper while his father, Keenan, was asleep on the couch next to him.
“I looked up and I found him in a standing position but faced down in the chair, his face was on the back of the seat, and he was already passed away,” Keenan said. “I picked him up and his face was already blue and his nose was squished in.”
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