As of June 27, Fisher-Price is recalling about 71,000 inclined sleepers that are an accessory included with all models of Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards, citing infant fatalities that have been reported while using other inclined sleep products.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), infant fatalities reported while using other inclined sleep products occurred after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or other under circumstances.
According to the CPSC, the recall is for the inclined sleeper accessory sold with all Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards with model numbers CBV60, CHP86, CHR06, CJK24, and DJD11. The model number is located on the fabric label inside of the play yard and on the fabric label on the back of the inclined sleeper pad. The product is a portable play yard with inclined sleeper and changing station clutch accessories and a carry bag; the inclined sleeper accessory is the only portion of this particular product that is being recalled.
The CPSC stated that the product was sold in juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from October 2014 through June 2019 for between $90 and $110.
CPSC stated that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sleepers and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.
According to the CPSC, no incidents or injuries have been reported with this particular product being recalled as of June 27.
However, on April 12, 2019, Fisher-Price recalled all of its 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers that were on the market or in people’s homes after Consumer Reports (CR) published the results of an investigation into the safety of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, finding that the sleeper was tied to at least 32 infant deaths. CR called for an immediate recall of the product, and said that previous CPSC and Fisher-Price warnings had not done nearly enough to minimize the risk of suffocation by infants.
In April, Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports, said, “The Fisher-Price recall of the Rock n’ Play is long overdue. 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.”
William Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst for Consumer Reports, said, “If you have the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, we urge you to immediately stop using the product. American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep recommendations say that babies should be placed alone to bed on a firm, flat surface in their own space, with no extra bedding, and this product always conflicted with that advice.
“While we are glad to see all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers recalled, Fisher-Price and its parent company Mattel misled parents and caregivers by marketing this product as safe for sleep, and they owe it to their customers to give them full refunds, rather than partial refunds or company vouchers. And that should be the case regardless of how long ago the product was bought.
“CR also has found that two inclined sleepers by the company Kids II are linked to infant deaths and conflict with expert medical advice. Kids II should immediately recall these products, and the CPSC should investigate all other inclined sleepers for potential hazards. If any infant sleep product doesn’t align with safe sleep recommendations, the CPSC should be able to get it off the market right away, so that parents and caregivers don’t unwittingly put their babies at risk.”
According to CR, on April 26, 2019, Kids II recalled 694,000 of its Rocking Sleepers citing infant deaths, and said parents should immediately stop using the products.
CR reported that on May 15, 2019, Health Canada announced two separate recalls for Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers sold in Canada, citing safety risks. The first involved approximately 2,000 products sold from December 2009 to February 2011 with model number R6070. The second involved about 600 sleepers, of various models, that were sold on Amazon.ca (Amazon’s Canadian website) between January 2018 and April 2019. Health Canada said caregivers should immediately stop using the products for naptime or overnight sleep.
According to CPSC, consumers of the latest recalled sleepers can contact Fisher-Price for a refund online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or at 800-432-5437 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday for more information.
CPSC stated that consumers can continue to use the play yard portion of the Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards without the inclined sleeper accessory, and can also continue to use the changing station clutch accessory and carry bag.
According to Consumer Reports, inclined sleep products — which are designed to put babies to bed at an incline between 10 degrees and 30 degrees — are not a safe sleep environment for any infant.
“The products increase the risk of airway compression, suffocation, and death, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and all run counter to recommendations from the AAP, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau,” CR states. “These organizations say babies should be put to bed on their back—alone, unrestrained, and on a firm, flat surface free of bumpers and other soft bedding.
“Consumer Reports has called for the CPSC and companies to get all inclined sleep products off the market and out of people’s homes. CR strongly supports legislation in Congress to ban the manufacture, import, and sale of inclined sleepers altogether.”
“Today’s recall is shockingly overdue,” said Wallace, manager of home and safety policy for CR, of the recent recalls. “At the very least, it should’ve happened 10 weeks ago when the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was finally recalled.”
“While it’s good they’re finally getting these 71,000 products off the market, Fisher-Price and Mattel owe it to their customers to give them full refunds, rather than partial refunds or company vouchers, regardless of how long ago the product was bought,” Wallace says. “If they won’t do so, then it’ll be clear: The company is putting its bottom line over infant safety.”