Fisher-Price Rock n' Play recall today after reports of infant deaths

Rock 'n Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price

Rock 'n Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price

Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled almost five million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports linked the product to dozens of baby deaths.

The Rock "n Play is not on Toys R Us" Canadian website, is listed on Walmart's Canadian website but is not available to purchase, and is available on Amazon and Best Buy's Canadian websites.

In it's statement, the AAP said it does not recommend "inclined sleep products like the Rock n' Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby".

"I'm urging parents to stop using this product immediately and to contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher", said Ann Marie Buerkle, the CPSC's acting chairwoman. Last week, the safety commission and Fisher-Price asked consumers to stop using the sleeper after an infant reaches three months of age, "or is capable of rolling over".

"For nearly 90 years, Fisher-Price has made the safety of children our highest priority".

The recall did not say what caused the infants' deaths.

More importantly, if they are sleeping somewhere high and without any kind of barrier around them, babies that roll over can fall.

Patty Davis, a spokeswoman with CPSC, had said the commission was aware of the report of additional fatalities and were looking into those deaths. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

For more information about the recall, customers can contact Fisher-Price at www.service.mattel.com and click on "Recalls & Safety Alerts" or at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. "We need to step up efforts to assure safety in products before they go on store shelves or into our homes".

The recall will impact about 4.7 million sleepers, the commission said.

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.

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