The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert for all models of a baby seat that has killed at least 30 children across the country since 2009, the agency said in a statement.
The product is the Fisher-Price Rock’n Play Sleepers, a chair designed to hold babies up to three months old, at which age they begin to turn around on their own.
In the warning issued last April 5 the CPSC said that “it is aware of 10 deaths of babies in the Rock’n Play that have occurred since 2015, after the babies rolled from their backs until they were on the stomach or from side, without being subject.The 10 children were 3 months old or more, “the agency said on its website.
As of that age or as soon as there is a noticeable change of movement in the baby, it is recommended that parents who have purchased the product return it to avoid a fatal accident. The company will reimburse the money.
#Recall: 4.7 Million @FisherPrice Rock ‘N Play Sleepers Due to Reports of Infant Deaths. Stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. CONTACT: 866-812-6518 or https://t.co/qcX9yJ7hHz. Full recall notice: https://t.co/opDScutIgK pic.twitter.com/DCIqrTjpun
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) April 12, 2019
However, despite the warnings issued, the CPSC noted that the reported deaths confirm that some parents have continued to use the product even after the babies are able to turn over and are not insured with the harness that protects them.
A story published by CBS tells how Keenan and Evan Overton found their five-month-old son without signs of life after turning over in his Fisher-Price Rock’n Play chair.
“I saw Ezra, face down with his nose crushed on the back of the seat, and he was already dead, I picked him up and he was like a doll,” Keenan said.
The baby died of asphyxia. “We had no reason to suspect that it would be dangerous because it was Fisher-Price, you would think it was a reliable company,” added Evan.
It is estimated that about 4.7 million Fisher-Price Rock’n Play’s were produced and put up for sale with a price between $40 and $149.
Phyllis Reddon is a general assignment reporter at Rise Media. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in New York for more than 6 years. Phyllis has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) Yahoo News,, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.