According to a news report posted on consumerreports.org, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Graco recalled over 51,000 infant inclined sleepers due to infant suffocation deaths tied to similar inclined sleep products. The recalled Graco infant inclined sleepers can either be attached to the top of a play yard or stand-alone. The federal government is likely to ban all similar inclined sleepers products due to approximately 100 infant deaths caused by the defective. inclined sleepers
This recall only affects inclined sleepers sold as an accessory, and the sleeper can either stand-alone or attached to any of the following play yards:
- Graco Pack’ n Play Day2Dream Playard With Bedside Sleeper
- Graco Pack’ n Play Everest Playard
- Graco Pack’ n Play Nuzzle Nest Playard
- Graco Pack’ n Play Rock’ n Grow Playard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is directing owners of the infant sleepers, as mentioned above, to stop the inclined sleeper immediately. The recall does not affect the play yard and the components of the play yard.
Although there haven’t been reports of injuries or deaths linked to these Graco products, similar products have been linked to nearly 100 infant deaths and over 1,000 incidents of serious injuries.
Research shows that babies sleeping at an incline between 10 degrees and 30 degrees is not safe because this position increases the risk of suffocation and airway compression leading to death. Babies may also suffocate when they fall asleep, and the angle causes their head to slump over, causing the baby’s airway to become cut off. The CPSC states that these fatal events can happen even when the babies are buckled into the inclined sleepers and positioned on the backs. Another suffocation risk is the fabric, which may block the baby’s nose and mouth when it is sleeping on its stomach.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that babies should be positions on their backs and on top of a firm infant mattress free of soft bedding and bumpers.
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