Fisher-Price Recalls its “4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soothers” After Four Infants Suffocation Deaths
Fisher-Price also announced the recall of its “2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders” as a precautionary measure.
Washington, D.C. – On June 4, 2021, both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mattel’s subsidiary, Fisher-Price, announced the recalls of the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soothers and the Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders. The recall (CPSC recall number: 21-147) was initiated after the inclined infant sleepers were linked to the tragic deaths of four infants in the 4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soother. According to the CPSC recall notice, the babies were purportedly placed on their backs, left unrestrained in the inclined sleepers, and were later discovered lying unresponsive on their stomachs. These tragedies transpired between April 2019 and February 2020. The recall notice states that there have not been any fatalities linked to the 2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders.
CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler described the incidents are “heartbreaking.” He also stated that these infant gliders, rockers, soothers, and swings are unsafe for infant sleep due to a risk of suffocation.
The General Manager of Fisher-Price stated, “There is nothing more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families put in us.”
The recall includes CHP55, CHP56, and CBT81 4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soothers and 2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders model numbers GDD28, GDD39, GDD41, GGW85, GNX43, GVG43, HBD26, and HBD27. The product’s model numbers are found under the base.
There have been approximately 120,000 4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soothers and 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders sold nationwide at mass merchandisers, juvenile product stores, and online sites, including Walmart, Amazon.com, and Target stores. The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock’ n Glide Soothers were sold from January 2014 through December 2020 at a price point of $108. The Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe’ n Play Gliders were sold from November of 2018 until May 2021, at a retail price of $125.
The recall notice is warning purchasers to immediately stop using the recalled inclined infant and contact Fisher-Price for a full refund. Purchasers may www.service.mattel.com, and click the link “Recall & Safety Alerts.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reiterated that the safest place for an infant to sleep is “on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard.” In addition, the CPSC stated that parents and caregivers should never add pillows, blankets, or any other objects to an infant’s sleeping surroundings. Infants should always be placed on their backs when lying down to sleep.
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