DETROIT, MI – According to an online news article published by www.wxyz.com, the American Academy of Pediatrics pushed for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall Fisher-Price’s “Rock ‘n Play,” which is linked to multiple infant deaths.
Fisher-Price’s popular “Rock ‘n Play” has been in the headlines recently as the product has been linked to at least thirty-two (32) sleep-related infant deaths. These deaths happened to infants less than three months of age between 2011 and 2018, and follow an analysis of other sleep-related deaths that happened to infants older than three months of age. Following the initial infant deaths, Fisher-Price issued a warning to consumers telling them to stop using the Rock ‘n Play when the infant reaches the age of three months or is capable of turning over. In the reported infant deaths, the cause of death was asphyxia (inability to breathe).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) did not think Fisher-Price’s warning went far enough to alert parents to the dangers of leaving their infants in the Rock ‘n Play sleep rocker. The AAP asserts that the Rock ‘n Play did not meet AAP recommendations for a safe sleep environment and that the product should be recalled and removed from all shelves immediately.
Many parents find the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play to be a great product that helps their infants nap. However, given there have been so many infant deaths despite warnings from Fisher-Price, which the AAP and many others believe was inadequate, it is safer to avoid using the product until the CPSC can investigate the situation. When caring for a young infant, falling asleep is easy to do for both the mother or caregiver and the infant. As such, any sleep product intended for use by an infant must meet stringent safety standards.
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