According to the Consumer Product Safety Division's website, 30 infant fatalities have occurred when infants rolled over while unrestrained "or other circumstances" since the product was introduced in 2009.
Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled almost five million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports linked the product to dozens of baby deaths.
Fisher-Price has recalled approximately 4.7 million Rock 'n Play sleepers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fisher-Price recalled almost 5 million infant sleepers on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.
The regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.
Earlier this week, following the article from Consumer Reports, Fisher-Price said its Rock 'n Play Sleeper "meets all applicable safety standards". Contact Fisher-Price online 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 for more information. "All 10 infants were 3 months or older", the CPSC said in the April 5 statement.
Doctors advise parents to position babies on their backs in cribs, bassinets or other infant beds, however by the time babies are about three months old, they can roll themselves over - and might do so in their sleep. "Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day", it said. But given the number of deaths, and expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, there were growing calls for the product to be recalled.
Some studies have suggested that babies that sleeping on their backs have a lower chance of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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