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‘Deadly’ Fisher-Price sleeper removed from online stores in Australia after mass US recall

Email Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play sleeper in US after reports link product to over 30 baby deaths

Updated April 13, 2019 13:28:28

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Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers in the US after reports 32 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

Key points:

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the sleeper "as a matter of priority"
  • The US recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers
  • An Australian recall is yet to be announced, but numerous stores have reportedly pulled the product from their websites

Earlier this week, the Australian consumer watchdog issued a warning to parents, urging them to keep the Rock 'n Play sleeper "out of reach of children" in the wake of the reports.

An Australian recall of the sleeper — which is a soft padded cradle that vibrates — has not been announced, but online retailers including Amazon, Fishpond, Target and Ubuy Australia have reportedly removed the sleeper from their websites.

The US recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $US40 ($55) and $US149 ($207) since 2009.

A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week the sleeper was being investigated "as a matter of priority", but said they were not aware of any deaths or injuries linked to it in Australia.

They added: "The ACCC urges parents with this product to keep it out of reach of children.

"We are always concerned by reports such as those we are seeing from the US."

Fisher-Price and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died.

In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

A safety warning was issued last week, but the American Academy of Paediatrics later urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly".

Fisher-Price announces recall of "deadly" sleeper Video: Fisher-Price announces recall of "deadly" sleeper (ABC News)

In a statement on Friday, Fisher-Price said it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions".

The firm added parents should use the sleeper's harness to secure infants.

The parent company of Fisher-Price, Mattel, told The New York Times in a statement that parents should "always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play sleeper".

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Topics: parenting, family-and-children, community-and-society, safety, health, children, babies, babies—newborns, united-states, australia

First posted April 13, 2019 12:35:14

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