Fisher-Price has recalled all 4.7 million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers
Fisher-Price has recalled all 4.7 million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers.

Fisher-Price on Friday recalled all 4.7 million of its Rock ’n Play Sleepers, citing more than 30 infant deaths, and told parents to immediately stop using the products. The recall, which applies to all models of the product, was conducted voluntarily by the company under the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Fast Track recall process.

The announcement follows a Consumer Reports investigation into the safety of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper that found the product was tied to at least 32 infant deaths since 2009.

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Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price to recall the Rock ’n Play Sleeper, citing CR’s reporting.

The CPSC recall says the deaths “occurred in Rock ’n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”

The AAP has warned that inclined sleepers such as these do not align with safe sleep guidelines, which state that babies should be put to bed alone on their backs, on a firm, flat mattress, free from soft bedding. The Rock ’n Play Sleeper and others like it increase the risk of suffocation and strangulation.

“This product is dangerous and I urge parents and caregivers to stop using it right away,” said Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairperson of AAP’s Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee. “While this recall is specific to the Rock ’n Play, there are other inclined and padded sleeping products on the market that can put infants’ safety at risk. I am glad to see this product off the market and urge all parents to talk to their pediatricians about how to keep their babies safe during sleep time and any time.” 

Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports, said, “The Fisher-Price recall of the Rock ’n Play is long overdue. It took dogged investigation and the voices of doctors, victims’ families, and advocates across the country to make this recall a reality. Congress needs to take a hard look at the CPSC and make sure it is a watchdog that consumers can rely on.”

Consumers who have a Rock ’n Play Sleeper can contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.  To reach the company, go to service.mattel.com and click on Recalls & Safety Alerts or call 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

Fisher-Price’s refund option, however, only applies to consumers who have owned a Rock ’n Play Sleeper for less than six months, the CPSC recall said. Families who have owned it for longer than that will be offered a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product, depending on how long they owned the Rock ’n Play Sleeper.

That worries some consumer advocates. “By not fully compensating consumers, Fisher-Price is assuring that many consumers will instead choose to keep the product,” said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing childhood injuries from consumer products. “Anyone with a Rock ’n Play Sleeper should be given a full refund.”

In addition, Cowles said that while she is pleased the product has been recalled, “it took children dying to get this product off the market. We need to step up efforts to assure safety in products before they go on store shelves or into our homes.”

CR recommends that parents and caregivers with other inclined sleepers should also immediately stop using those products. That is especially true for Kids II inclined sleepers, which CR has reported to be linked with four infant deaths.