Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and Kids2 Sleepers Recalled Again by CPSC After New Deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reissued recalls for more than 5.3 million Fisher-Price and Kids2 rocking play sleepers after additional babies died in the sleepers since the initial recall.[1]

Fisher-Price recalled its Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and Kids2 recalled all of its sleepers in April 2019 in response to 35 reported deaths associated with these products.[2] Since then, an additional 12 deaths have occurred, prompting the CPSC and the manufacturers to reissue this important warning after their withdrawal from the market and ban on their sale.

“I encourage all parents, grandparents and caregivers to follow the guidance of this announcement and stop using these products immediately,” CPSC Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric said in a statement.[3] “It is also illegal to sell or distribute recalled consumer products, including in the resale market.”

Since the first recall four years ago, Congress has passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, which specifically prohibits sleepers for babies with an incline of more than 10 degrees.[4]

The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also reiterates the guideline that the safest place for babies to sleep is on a firm, flat surface on their backs.[5] That could be in a crib, play yard, bassinet or bedside sleeper.

Unsafe sleeping areas include inclined sleepers, swings, bouncers, rockers, slings and carriers. That’s because a baby who sleeps in an upright position can get trapped by rolling from his stomach to one side, or his chin can block his airway when it rests on his chest.

A safe sleep environment helps reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUID), which sadly affects approximately 3,400 infants each year in the United States.[6]

“Rock ‘n Plays have been dangerous since day one,” says Gina Posner, MD, a board-certified pediatrician in Fountain Valley, California, and a member of the What to Expect Medical Review Board. “People always think it will never happen to them until it does. There are plenty of safe sleeping places you can put your baby. Why take the chance?”

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Plays and Kids2 sleepers were sold at major retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Amazon through April 2019. Customers should discontinue these products immediately and may contact either manufacturer for a refund . If you have a Rock ‘n Play or Kids2 sleeper, you should throw it away; you must not sell it again or give it to another family.

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