Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play sleepers after reports of infant deaths

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (April 12):

Fisher-Price has recalled all models of its Rock 'n Play Sleeper over reports of infant deaths. A recall summary issued on Friday urged consumers to stop using the devices immediately.

"Infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances," said the statement issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

It said the recall involves all Rock 'n Play Sleepers — about 4.7 million products.

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers," the CPSC said.

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics joined growing calls for a recall, citing a new report from Consumer Reports that found 32 infant deaths linked to the device. Last week, the CPSC said it was aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play since 2015 and issued a warning to parents.

At that point, they said the deaths had been due to parents continuing to use the device after their infants exhibited rollover capabilities.

In December 2017, Keenan and Evan Overton awoke to find their 5-month-old son Ezra on his stomach unresponsive, CBS News' Jan Crawford reported.

"I saw Ezra, face down with his nose squished into the back of the seat, and he was already passed away. I picked him up and he was like a doll," Keenan Overton said.

Ezra died of suffocation, and the Overtons say his Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper was to blame.

"We had no reason to suspect that it would be dangerous because it was Fisher-Price. You would think it's a reputable company," Evan Overton said.

Fisher-Price said parents were meant to stop placing their infants in the Rock 'n Play once the begin to roll over and use the product's three-point harness restraint.

Infants typically begin to roll over at three months, and, if unrestrained, they could roll from their back to their stomach and suffocate in the Rock 'n Play.

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ORIGINAL STORY (April 5):

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

There have been at least 10 infant deaths reported that are related to the Rock 'n Play since 2015, according to the CPSC.

Medical experts say the product poses a risk because infants typically begin to roll over at three months. If unrestrained, the infants can roll from their back to their stomach or side and suffocate.

"Because deaths continue to occur, CPSC is recommending consumers stop use of the product by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities," the CPSC warned.

Fisher-Price says parents should stop placing their infants in the Rock 'n Play when they can begin to roll over. It's also important to use the product's three-point harness restraint.

The CPSC and Fisher-Price also recommend people create a safe sleep environment for infants, whether using a crib, bassinet, play yard, or inclined sleeper. "Never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the environment and always place infants to sleep on their backs," the warning states.

You can report dangerous products or product-related injuries to the CPSC at saferproducts.gov/.