Federal regulators are recalling nearly 5 million popular baby sleepers after dozens of related deaths. The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper has been linked to more than 30 fatal injuries involving infants over the past decade.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairwoman issued a statement urging parents to discontinue use.
Ann Marie Buerkle said owners can “contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher.”
Though the company says it stands by its product safety, General Manager Chuck Scothon confirmed the recall.
“With these actions, we want parents around the world to know that safety will always be a cornerstone of our mission, that we are committed to these values, and will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of the infants and preschoolers who utilize our products,” he said.
According to the commission, the fatalities occurred “after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”
Both Fisher-Price and the CPSC addressed concerns about the sleeper’s safety in a warning last week. In that statement, only 10 deaths were linked to the product in cases dating back to 2011.
Buerkle offered advice to parents with concerns about their children’s products.
“I urge consumers to report any incidents with inclined sleepers or other nursery products to CPSC at saferproducts.gov,” she said. “As a mother and grandmother there’s nothing more important to me than the safety of our children.”