Fisher-Price recently announced it is recalling 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers. The recall notice can be found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
According to the recall notice, “Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.” The notice tells consumers to “immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.”
Just one week before the recall was announced Fisher-Price issued a warning to consumers, telling them to stop using the product by three months “or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.” Only 10 deaths were mentioned in the first warning.
Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics called for the product to be pulled from store shelves. The ongoing investigation revealed that at least 32 babies have died. The investigation has also “turned up deaths of babies even younger than the 3-month threshold cited in the April 5 warning, and go beyond the risk of rollover.”
Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports, said the following about the recall:
“Fisher-Price and the CPSC knew about deaths linked to this product for years and could have taken steps to avoid this unnecessary tragedy. It took dogged investigation and the voices of doctors, victims’ families, and advocates across the country to make this recall a reality. Congress needs to take a hard look at the CPSC and make sure it is a watchdog that consumers can rely on.”
Regarding the refund process for consumers, Mattel’s website gives directions on two parts that need to be sent from the sleeper to Fisher-Price:
“If you have owned the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper 6 months or less, you will receive a full cash refund for the suggested retail price. If you include your receipt you will be reimbursed for the receipt amount including sales taxes paid.”
Consumers who owned the product longer than 6 months “will receive a voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product commensurate with the amount of time you have owned the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper.”
To learn more about the recall, visit https://service.mattel.com/us/home.aspx.