Baby company Fisher-Price issued a warning to parents about a popular baby sleeper, but the government says the warning doesn’t go far enough based on a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigation.
In the past few years, at least 10 infants have died while in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper since 2015. According to Consumer Reports, 32 deaths have been linked to the sleep product since it was introduced in 2009.
In a statement, Fisher-Price urged parents to stop using the product once a child turns 3 months old, citing that infants who can roll over on their own should not be put in the popular item marketed for “all-night sleep.”
But Consumer Reports wonders why the product is still on the market despite a long list of fatalities and is calling for a recall, although the item meets international safety standards.
Watch the investigation into the sleeper below:
In one rollover tragedy, the parents of 5-month-old Ezra Overton said they trusted the product to be safe for sleeping until their son, who was “buckled in the sleeper,” died of asphyxia a few days before Christmas in 2017.
Fisher-Price has confirmed to Consumer Reports that it is aware of the infant fatalities associated with the product.
In a statement on Monday, the company told CR:
The loss of a child is a devastating tragedy. We will continue to do all we can to ensure that parents and caregivers have the information necessary to create a safe sleep environment for infants.
However, medical experts and pediatricians have long recommended that infants sleep on their backs on a firm, flat sleep surface without any soft toys or loose bedding to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation.