Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million Rock ‘n Play sleepers after reports linked it to dozens of infant fatalities.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Friday the recall of the sleepers. More than 30 babies’ deaths have been reported since the sleeper model’s 2009 release.
The owner of Fisher-Price confirmed the recall of all units of the product in a statement, but also stood by the safety of the products. He said due to the recent incidents reported, the product has been recalled as a safety measure.
“Consumers should stop using the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and can contact Fisher-Price immediately for a refund or voucher,” he said.
The company warned parents to stop using the sleepers once infants can roll over.
The American Academy of Paediatrics does not recommend sleep products such as the Rock ‘n Play, or other products that require restraining a baby. It advises that using car seats and strollers for sleep are also dangerous as there is a risk that the baby can roll over or be incapable of movement, which could lead to strangulation or suffocation.