Nearly four years after a Consumer Reports study recalled millions of popular infant slant sleep products, including Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘N Play, there were still more child deaths associated with them. increasing. How is this possible? Consumer Reports and other product safety experts say companies aren’t doing enough to warn parents of the dangers.
Fisher-Price and Kids 2 infant tilt sleepers were recalled for Spring 2019. After a CR investigation revealed at least 32 product-related deaths. The death toll has tripled since then.
New information just released is a stark reminder that these unsafe sleep products are still in use. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least eight people have been killed in Fisher-Price’s Rock’n’Play Sleeper since the recall. babies have died, with four babies reported dead in the Kids 2 sleeper, bringing the combined death toll for both sleepers to over 100.
These sleepers place the infant on an inclined bunk, increasing the risk of suffocation if the infant’s head falls forward.
The news of more infant deaths means that slanted sleepers can’t be legally sold but are still used in people’s homes.
If a product is recalled, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to remove it from stores and warn anyone who already owns it to stop using it immediately. And safety experts say they’ve never seen Fisher-Price or Kids 2 doing enough.
As of last March, only 9.5% of Rock’n’Play sleepers had been accounted for since the recall, according to Fisher-Price’s parent company, Mattel. That means more than 4 million of his recalled sleepers may still be in use.
Mattel says that since the 2019 Rock ‘n Play recall, Fisher-Price has “worked diligently to remove all recalled products from the market.”
To keep your baby safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting your baby to sleep only with products that meet federal safety requirements for infant sleep, such as bassinets, cribs, and play yards.
If you are having trouble getting your baby to sleep, seek advice from your pediatrician rather than using unsafe repositioning products.
The CPSC recommends that if you find one of these recalled sleepers for sale, report it to the agency at SaferProducts.gov.
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