Fisher-Price recalls Rock ‘n Play amid pressure from AAP
Under pressure from the Academy, Fisher-Price has recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play infant sleepers following reports of infant deaths.
“I am thrilled that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price took the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and issued a recall of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper,” said Ben Hoffman, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “This product is dangerous and I urge parents and caregivers to stop using it right away.”
The recall comes on the heels of an investigation by Consumer Reports that found 32 infants had died while using the sleeper since 2011. Some of the infants rolled over while unrestrained and some were unable to breathe due to their position.
Citing that report, the AAP called for the CPSC to pull the product from shelves and urged parents to stop using it.
“When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case,” AAP President Kyle E. Yasuda, M.D., FAAP, said in an April 9 news release. “There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.”
In announcing the recall just days later, the CPSC said it also is investigating similar products and encouraged consumers to report incidents to SaferProducts.gov.
To request a refund for the Rock ‘n Play, visit http://bit.ly/RockNPlayRecall or call the company at 866-812-6518. Those who have owned the Rock ‘n Play for 6 months or less will receive a cash refund while those who have owned them longer will receive a voucher for a new Fisher-Price product.
The AAP does not recommend letting infants sleep in inclined products like the Rock ’n Play that require restraining a baby. AAP policy calls for infants to sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers, bedding or stuffed toys.
“As a pediatrician and a father, I know that infant sleep is a major concern for families, and pediatricians are ready to work with as many parents as possible to find solutions to help everyone sleep safely and soundly,” Dr. Hoffman said. “We know that inclined sleepers like the Rock ‘n Play are not safe and put babies’ lives at risk. I am glad to see this product off the market and urge all parents to talk to their pediatricians about how to keep their babies safe during sleep time and any time.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database atwww.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Rechargeable power banks
Units: About 170,500 in the U.S. and 6,900 in Canada
Hazard: The power banks can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Description: The universal rechargeable power banks came in a variety of colors and shapes, including a unicorn head, a cat with sunglasses and a rainbow between two clouds. They were sold under Luv Betsey, Lauren Conrad and private labels.
Sold at: Burlington, Kohl’s, Ross and other stores nationwide from November 2016 through January 2019 for about $25.
Remedy: Contact Daniel M. Friedman & Associates to arrange to return the product for a refund.
Contact: Call 855-706-6500, email email@example.com or visit https://betseyjohnson.com.
Units: About 98,000
Hazard: The plates are incorrectly labeled as microwave-safe. They contain aluminum, and are a fire hazard if microwaved.
Description: The plates have dividers that include labels and colorful pictures showing the portion sizes for protein, grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy. The back of the plate has the safety label, Brush Art website and logo, date code of 7-18 and location of manufacture. Plates with an engraved stamp of ISP219 are not recalled.
Sold at: WIC clinics in Indiana gave away the plates from August through November 2018.
Remedy: Return plates to a WIC clinic for a free replacement.
Contact: Call 800-778-9005 or visit http://www.brushart.com/product_recall.html.
Baby rattle socks
Units: About 22,600 in the U.S. and 2,600 in Canada
Hazard: Small ornaments can detach from the socks, and young children can choke on them.
Description: The Midwest Gift brand baby rattle socks are 100% cotton and have a snowman, reindeer, whale, flamingo, tiger or shark sewn onto the toe. The socks were sold in children’s sizes 0 to 12 months
Sold at: Boutique gift stores nationwide from October 2017 through December 2018 for about $10.
Remedy: Contact Midwest-CBK for a refund.
Contact: Call 800-394-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Units: About 3,000
Hazard: The globe’s internal wires can short out and overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
Description: The Little Experimenter 3-in-1 world globes have an orange base with two white buttons that light up the globe and display a projection of stars and constellations in color-changing motion. Date code 102018-107 is printed on a sticker on the battery compartment cover.
Sold at: Online at Amazon, eBay and Littleexperimenter.com from October 2018 through January 2019 for about $30.
Remedy: Contact Bulk Unlimited to receive a free replacement globe.
Contact: Call 877-206-1171 or visit http://www.littleexperimenter.com.
Units: About 1,550
Hazard: The jacket’s snaps can detach, and young children can choke on them.
Description: The faux fur mid-weight jackets were sold in infant sizes 12 to 24 months. Style number C2185125-CT or C218525 is on the underside of the jacket’s label. Amerex Group is printed on a label under the washing instructions label.
Sold at: Carter’s, Century 21 Stores and TJ Maxx/Marshalls stores nationwide and online at www.Zulily.com and www.carters.com from July 2018 through February 2019 for about $65.
Remedy: Contact Amerex Group for a refund.
Contact: Call 800-230-3418, email InfantJacketRecall@AmerexGroup.com or visit http://www.amerexgroup.com/recall.html.