Graco, Evenflo, Sumr Brands, and Delta Recall Infant Inclined Sleepers
The CPSC has proposed banning all such products, which have been linked to at least 73 deaths
Four more companies recalled a total of about 165,000 infant inclined sleepers due to the risk of suffocation, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall involves about 111,000 Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seats; 3,100 Pillo Portable Nappers, made by Evenflo; 46,300 SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers, made by Sumr Brands; and about 5,900 Delta Inclined Sleepers With Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns; and including the four today, there have now been eight infant inclined sleeper recalls.
Consumers who have the sleepers should immediately stop using them and contact the individual companies for a refund or voucher. See below for details on how to participate in the recalls.
There were no reported incidents or injuries associated with the products recalled today, according to the CPSC.
“These recalls are critically important to getting infant inclined sleep products off the market, out of child-care centers, and out of homes,” says Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel with the Consumer Federation of America. “It has taken too long, but these recalls are significant.”
In recent months, acting CPSC chairman Bob Adler has urged manufacturers to recall all infant inclined sleepers. And legislation already passed by the House and now in the Senate—the Safe Sleep for Babies Act—would prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of unsafe infant sleep products, including inclined sleepers and crib bumpers.
“Still, several other inclined sleepers haven’t been recalled yet, and parents might not know about the risks they pose,” says William Wallace, CR’s manager of home and safety policy. “Congress should pass the SHARE [Safety Hazard and Recall Efficiency] Information Act to help the CPSC alert people much faster about hazardous products.”
The inclined products promoted for sleeping or napping that remain on the market include the Baby Delight Nestle Nook Portable Infant Lounger, the Hiccapop DayDreamer Lounger, and the ‘angled napper’ sold with the Chicco Lullaby Dream Playard, which has been tied to an infant death.
“It is flatly irresponsible for Chicco to continue to market and sell its inclined sleeper products,” says Alan Feldman, a partner at the Feldman Shepherd law firm in Philadelphia, which is representing the family whose baby died in the Chicco napper. “Pediatric experts and consumer organizations have appealed for all inclined sleepers to be recalled without delay to prevent the death of even more infants.” Chicco did not respond to a request for comment.
Kelly Mariotti, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, a trade group, said that the recalls were “unusual because the products are of different designs, comply with all current regulations, and do not involve any reported injuries.”
For safety advocates and parents, the recalls represent progress. “I am thrilled that companies and organizations are finally taking this seriously to prevent more senseless infant deaths,” says Sara Thompson, whose 15-week-old son Alex died in a Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper in 2011. “I hope that families take it very seriously and see how serious and dangerous inclined sleepers truly are.”
For information on the recalls and what to do if you own one of these products, click on a link below:
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seats
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper Inclined Sleepers
- Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed
- Delta Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
To report an incident linked with these inclined sleep products or any other product, go to SaferProducts.gov or call the CPSC Hotline at 800-638-2772.