The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price announced a recall of 4.7 million of the company's Rock 'n Play Sleepers as the CPSC linked the product to over 30 infant deaths in 10 years.
The recall began after pediatricians and consumer advocates called for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper to be immediately removed from the market in the U.S. A Consumer Reports study had outlined how the product has been linked with at least 32 infant deaths from 2011 to 2018 due to suffocation, with more deaths and injuries expected to be reported in the coming months. Meyers & Flowers is warning parents about this dangerous baby product.
What is a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper?
Designed to help rock babies to sleep, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is an inclined chair that an infant can be strapped into with a three-point restraining system. Some versions of the product incorporate music, mobiles, and lights to sooth and/or entertain babies. It can be set to rock a baby automatically for anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours, making it a convenient choice for parents with infants at naptime or bedtime.
Up the recall, the popular sleeper chairs could be found in most major department stores such as Target and Walmart, online on Amazon or baby sites and is a common addition to baby registries. Online parenting forums contain comment after comment about how useful the product is, but there were very few cautions on how dangerous it could be until the Consumer Reports study was released.
The CSPC warning
In early April 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price simply cautioned parents to stop using the product if their babies could roll over. The commission stated it found that when babies rolled over onto their stomachs, they couldn’t roll back. But this warning didn’t tell the whole story, leaving countless babies at risk and some 4.7 million products available to parents.
[Photo: courtesy of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]
What Consumer Reports Revealed
Consumer Reports, a respected publication focusing on product testing and consumer reviews, conducted an in-depth study of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. The results were stunning.
It was found that at least 32 infants deaths linked to the product, some younger than three-months-old. The incidents occurred from 2011 to 2018. Many of these deaths were due to asphyxia and an inability to breathe caused by the infant’s position.
The publication’s editors began calling to have the product recalled and removed from shelves immediately, echoing warnings about sleep positioning pediatricians have made for years.
The Pediatricians Respond
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a strongly worded rebuke to the CPSC alert cautioning that it did not go far enough and urging the agency to begin an immediate recall of the product based on the Consumer Reports study and the AAP’s advice on sleep positioning.
An AAP release stated>: “This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately,” said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.”
“The AAP does not recommend inclined sleep products like the Rock ‘n Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby. The AAP advises against using car seats, strollers or other devices for sleep because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation.”
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers Recalled
After a week of pediatricians, consumer advocates and parents demanding this deadly product to be removed from store shelves and homes across the U.S., the commission issued a recall on April 12, 2019. The CPSC stated 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.
How Meyers & Flowers can help
Meyers & Flowers has worked with the families of numerous victims of defective devices. We understand what it takes to go up against major corporations who put profits above its product’s safety.
We are focused on protecting a client’s rights through exhaustive case development and trial preparations as we determine full and just compensation for clients and their families. If your family has experienced a loss or an injury due to the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and we can help you, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 877-221-2511.