Fisher-Price recalls 'Rock 'N Play' sleepers linked to infant deaths

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"Anyone with a Rock 'n Play Sleeper should be given a full refund".

The recall covers about 4.7 million of the sleepers, which cost between $40 and $149.

Consumers who own one of these sleepers should stop using them immediately.

Officials originally said there were 10 reports of infant deaths since 2015, all of whom were 3 months or older.

"A warning issued by the CPSC and Fisher-Price on April 5 did not go far enough to ensure safety and protect infants". But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.

This warning, however, did not name Fisher Price.

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The recall came three days after the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote a news release calling on the commission to recall the products, pointing to their danger. The Rock 'n Play Sleeper and others like it increase the risk of suffocation and strangulation. Tragically, that is not the case.

In May 2018, the CPSC issued a warning to parents indicating they were "aware of infant deaths associated with inclined sleep products", specifically, "bassinet-like products with an inclined back to elevate the baby's head and torso".

An Australian recall of the Rock 'n Play sleeper - which is a soft padded cradle that vibrates - has not been announced, but online retailers including Amazon, Fishpond, Target and Ubuy Australia have removed the sleeper from their websites, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Health Canada wrote to Mattel Canada in 2011 with concerns about the product, referring to Safe Sleep recommendations from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society. "We at Fisher-Price want parents around the world to know that we have every intention of continuing that tradition", Scothon said.

For more information about the recall, visit the CPSC site here.

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