Safety Alert for Parents!

CPSC & Fisher-Price Warn Parents About 13 Deaths in Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price are alerting consumers to at least 13 reported deaths between 2009 and 2021 of infants in Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers. Rockers should never be used for sleep and infants should never be unsupervised or unrestrained in the Rockers.

Consumers are encouraged to report incidents involving these or other infant products to CPSC at saferproducts.gov. CPSC investigates incidents and fatalities that occurred while infants were in the products.

Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million Rockers worldwide since the 1990s and reviews and evaluates reported incidents that occurred while infants were in the products. Fisher-Price recommends consumers visit Fisher-Price’s Safe Start webpage at www.fisherprice.com/SafeStart for safety videos, tips and additional safety information, as well as the latest safety warnings for Rockers and other infant products. Consumers are also encouraged to report incidents to Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437.

Parents and caregivers should never use inclined products, such as rockers, gliders, soothers, and swings, for infant sleep and should not leave infants in these products unsupervised, unrestrained, or with bedding material, due to the risk of suffocation. CPSC recently finalized a rule requiring that infant sleep products have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less. The rule goes into effect on June 23, 2022.

Consumers are reminded:

  • The best place for an infant to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard.
  • Parents and caregivers should use a fitted sheet only and never add blankets, pillows, padded crib bumpers, or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment.
  • Infants should always be placed to sleep on their back. Infants who fall asleep in an inclined or upright position should be moved to a safe sleep environment with a firm, flat surface such as a crib, bassinet or play yard.

After multiple infant deaths associated with Fisher-Price and Kids2 rockers, the CPSC has issued
warnings to provide parents and caregivers with important information as they make decisions about caring for their children and to remind them never to use rockers or other inclined products for infant sleep.

Chair of CPSC Alex D. Hoehn-Saric stated,

Infant and child safety is a top priority for the CPSC. The agency has been investigating incidents and analyzing the data related to these products. And this work will continue. While our investigations into these incidents are underway, we wanted to alert parents and
caregivers about safe sleep practices for infants – particularly as they relate to the use of rockers.

Your infant’s sleep environment should be the safest place in your home, so we want to remind
parents and caregivers: the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard, without blankets, pillows, or other items. Babies should never be unsupervised or unrestrained in rockers, gliders, soothers, or swings.

I also want to highlight the new rule on infant sleep products that will require that sleep products have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less, and that all sleep products conform to the existing bassinet, crib, or play yard standard. The rule goes into effect on June 23, and will be an important step to help parents and caregivers keep babies safer. The CPSC will aggressively enforce the rule in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children. We are also asking for the public’s help by reporting any incidents with nursery or other consumer
products to CPSC at SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka stated,

Just three years ago, this agency oversaw the recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play after a  staggering number of infant deaths. Tragically, we now grieve 13 more infant deaths in Fisher Price Rockers.

No inclined product, made by Fisher-Price or any other company, is safe for infant sleep.  Only a firm, flat surface is safe.

The Gag Rule led to needless delay. When CPSC needs to warn the public about a pattern of  death and injury tied to a product, it should be able to quickly issue that warning to prevent  further loss of life. Instead, a Gag Rule1 blocks us from doing so without first seeking  permission from the product’s maker. Here, the Gag Rule delayed our message to the public by  two months. Even with cooperation from Fisher-Price, we fought an uphill battle to release this  information to warn parents and caregivers. Sharing vital safety information should not be this  hard. Congress must immediately repeal the Gag Rule. If CPSC cannot issue timely  warnings, dangers will remain hidden in people’s homes.

The Safe Sleep for Babies Act may ban this product and products like it. Thankfully, in the  case of inclined infant sleepers, Congress has acted. Last month, Congress passed the Safe Sleep  for Babies Act, which bans inclined “rockers, bouncers, and other soothing infant seats  regardless of whether they are intended and marketed for sleep.” 2 In the coming months, CPSC  will take on the question of whether products like the Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker fall  under that ban.

About Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price is committed to the safety of its products. Founded more than 90 years ago, Fisher-Price’s purpose is to be the most trusted brand for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. For more information on Fisher-Price please visit fisher-price.com.

 

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