Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper Recalled After 32 Infant Deaths Reported
April 12, 2019 Update: Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall today for all models of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper due to reports of more than 30 infant deaths related to use of the product.
The defective product lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen are actively investigating injury claims related to use of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper. Our law office is offering a free and confidential consultation to parents of children injured by the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper.
A Consumer Reports’ report found that the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper, a device which allows infants to sleep while inclined, was linked to at least 32 infant deaths. The report recommends that the product be immediately recalled. This report came shortly after a joint Fisher-Price/government announcement linking the product to 10 infant deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcement notes that the deaths occurred when unrestrained infants rolled over onto their stomach or side and suffocated. However, Consumer Reports claims the product’s problems go “beyond the risk of rollover.”
CPSC recommends that use of the product should cease when babies are capable of rolling over or three months old. The CPSC has previously issued a warning to use restraints when utilizing inclined sleeping devices for infants. The Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper includes a three-point harness.
Consumer Reports was told by medical experts that babies should not sleep on an incline to reduce the risk of suffocation. These experts also recommend that babies sleep alone, on their back, without any soft bedding, also to reduce suffocation risk. CPSC and Fisher-Price recommend that infants’ sleeping areas be free of pillows, blankets or stuffed toys.
Fisher-Price currently does not believe that the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has caused any deaths. Fisher-Price has yet not recalled the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends not regularly using sleeping products which require restraining an infant, since babies can end up in an unsafe position and unable to move, leading to strangulation or suffocation.
Fisher-Price began development of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper when the child of one of its designers was experiencing difficulty sleeping due to acid reflux. The designer was advised by doctors to elevate the child’s head, and this led to the creation of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. However, the AAP says that elevating a sleeping infant’s head raises the risk of accidental strangulation and suffocation.
Australian regulators, in 2011, told Mattel, the producer of Fisher-Price products, that the product shouldn’t be sold as a sleeping product because the product’s incline could cause infants’ heads to fall forward, obstructing their breathing. Canadian public health officials expressed concern over the product in 2011, and the U.K.-based Royal College of Midwives refused to endorse the product for sleep purposes in 2011.
The product liability lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen are actively investigating injury claims for the Rock ’n Play Sleeper manufactured by Fisher-Price. If you or a loved one have a child who was injured or killed while using the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, immediately contact our law firm for a free and confidential consultation. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658.