Four More Deaths Linked to Infant Sleepers Like the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper
The Kids II products should be recalled, Consumer Reports says
Four additional deaths are linked to infant inclined sleepers, according to Consumer Reports’ ongoing investigation of these kinds of products.
The sleepers—the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper and the Bright Starts Playtime to Bedtime Sleeper—are made by the children’s product company Kids II. A spokesperson for Kids II confirmed to CR that the company is aware of four deaths associated with those products. The Bright Starts product was discontinued in 2016, but the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper is still available.
On April 8, CR tied a similar product, the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper, to 32 deaths and called for that product’s immediate recall. CR also urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set strong rules for all infant sleep products and give consumers more protective, timely, and consistent safe sleep advice.
But Marietta Robinson, who served as one of several CPSC commissioners from July 2013 to June 2018, says the agency has known of the risk of these types of products for years and could have taken action sooner. “These deaths were occurring over many months at the end of my time there, and I pushed for answers and appropriate action," Robinson says. But Robinson says she was told that the agency “could not determine if the deaths resulted from a defect, which I believe to be nonsense.”
Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing childhood injuries from consumer products, advises parents who currently have a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper or any other inclined sleep product to stop using it immediately. “Do not sell or donate it. Destroy it or store it until there is a recall so you can participate and get a refund if offered," she says.
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