April 22, 2019 — Fisher-Price has announced a voluntary recall for about 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after over 30 reports of babies who died.
The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is an inclined seat that is advertised by Fisher-Price as a way to help babies sleep through the night.
Tragically, dozens of babies have died in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after the baby rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances, according to the recall:
“Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”
The problem with being inclined is that the baby’s chin comes down toward their chest and can shut their airway. This is why when performing CPR, the chin is lifted to open the airway.
Another risk is that when the baby is older, they can roll over if they are not restrained and suffocate. This is because the baby’s face can get trapped against the sides of the Rock n’ Play Sleeper.
During a baby’s first year of life, the only safe way to sleep is flat on the back with no extra bedding in a crib, Pack ’n Play, or a safety-tested bassinet, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians.
For more information, consumers can contact Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or toll-free at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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