Fisher-Price Recalls Sleepers Following Reports of Deaths

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June 24, 2019
Edward Smith

Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleeper 

For parents, their children are their greatest treasure and need to be protected. Unfortunately, the Fisher-Price Sleepers are placing newborn babies and infants in harm’s way. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned parents who are using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper of the significant risks. Deaths are still occurring with the use of this sleeper, prompting some parents to seek help from a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. Some of the key points regarding the dangers of this product include:

  • Infants who are old enough to roll over are at serious risk while using this sleeper.
  • While initially there are reports of 10 deaths, that number has now grown to more than 30.
  • Despite the recall, many of these sleepers are still in use.

Because of the pressing issues related to the recall of the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play, it is essential for parents and families to educate themselves on the circumstances surrounding this recall.

The Dangers of Infants who can Roll Over

The Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play is particularly dangerous for infants who can roll over. Since the Back to Sleep Campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of deaths annually due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has plummeted. The danger of infants sleeping on their stomach is that they could potentially suffocate in their sleep. The Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play has thrust this issue back into the spotlight.

While parents are now educated to place infants on their back when sleeping, infants who can roll over in the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play are still at risk. In some cases, infants can roll over onto their side or stomach while using the sleeper, increasing their risk of SIDS. This appears to be the source of the deaths tied to the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play, mandating a recall.

Not the First Recall for the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play

In the past ten years, 30 infants deaths have been reported. The recall will impact close to five million sleepers in total. Unfortunately, this is not the first recall for the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play.

Back in 2013, there were more than 800,000 sleepers that needed to be recalled. This was prompted by about 600 complaints that were filed regarding the sleeper. Parents were noticing that mold was forming underneath the cushions of the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play. The mold was causing some infants to develop severe respiratory issues, possibly placing them in the hospital.

Beware of Private Parties Selling Recalled Items

We have learned that recalled Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Plays are being sold on Facebook Marketplace. These sellers may not know that a recall exists. Some concerned parents are speaking out and alerting others of the dangers posed by making this type of purchase.

A Safe Sleep Environment: Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer

The Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play has been recalled due to its impacts on a baby’s safe sleep environment. Parents should remember that:

  • Infants always need to be placed on their back while sleeping.
  • There should not be any blankets, pillows, or toys in the sleeping area because of the increased risk of suffocation.
  • Even though Fisher-Price recommends that infants be restrained while in the sleeper, it is always best to place infants on a flat surface.

Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel Inc., are facing at least two different class-action lawsuits that have been filed by customers. The lawsuits are based on infant deaths and the allegation that Fisher-Price knew about the issues with its product and decided to sell it anyway. This could have unnecessarily placed infants in harm’s way. Anyone who has had problems with the Fisher-Price Sleeper Rock ‘N Play should enlist the help of a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer.

Watch YouTube Video: Fisher-Price Recalls all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. In the following video, CBS News reports on the latest Fisher-Price recall.

Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. The Fisher-Price sleeper places babies in harm’s way and could lead to long-term consequences. If your child has been injured while using the Fisher-Price sleeper, please reach out to me at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400 to receive free, friendly legal guidance and advice.

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