A March 2020 Consumer Reports investigation revealed that an additional 19 deaths have been linked to the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. The news comes as an unwelcome update to the October 2019 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report that revealed 73 deaths were attributed to the Rock n’ Play Sleeper, putting the reported death toll at 92 children.
The baby sleeper-related deaths have reportedly happened in a few different ways. For example, one baby’s airways were squeezed when his head slumped forward, cutting off the baby’s ability to breathe. Another infant reportedly rolled out of the sleeper and fell to the floor.
It’s estimated that 3,600 children under the age of one die each year while sleeping, as reported in 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The makers of baby sleepers have the responsibility to make sure their products function properly and are safe for babies.
More Baby Sleeper Brand Recalls
The Fisher Price “Rock n’ Play” isn’t the only sleeper causing injuries and deaths. Kids II recalled all rocking sleepers in April 2019 after five infant deaths were reported. That recall covered approximately 700,000 sleepers that were sold at major retailers like Walmart, Target, and Toys “R” Us between 2012 and 2019.
Nearly 165,000 more baby sleepers have been recalled because risks of babies turning while asleep and then being unable to breathe. Brands named in the 2019 recalls include:
- Kids II
- Summer Infant Brands
- Delta Children
CPSC Chairman Bob Adler cautions parents and daycare workers against using sleepers, regardless of if they’re on the list of nearly 5 million recalled sleepers. All sleepers, says Adler, pose risks for children, especially children less than a year old.
Government officials, along with the CPSC, have proposed legislation to ban inclined sleepers like the Rock n’ Play Sleeper because of the fatalities reported.
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Losing a child is the hardest pain many parents experience in their lives. Pintas & Mullins is here to support parents and help any parent or guardian fight against the manufacturers of faulty baby sleepers to make sure no other child loses his/her life, and no other parent experiences the pain of losing a child.
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