Government agency and Fisher-Price warn parents of more than a dozen rocker deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price on Tuesday urged parents not to let babies fall asleep in rockers, citing at least 13 reported deaths between 2009 and 2021.

“No recline product, made by Fisher-Price or any other company, is safe for infant sleep,” CPSC commissioner Richard Trumka said in a statement. statement.

“Only a firm, level surface is safe,” Trumka said.

Fisher-Price, which has sold more than 17 million rockers since the 1990s, said the company’s Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers account for reported fatalities.

The commission also reported at least one 2019 death involving a Children2 brand toggle. Kids2 has sold more than 1.8 million rockers since 2012, according to the CPSC.

The alert comes shortly before a new CPSC rule takes effect on June 23 that requires a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less for sleep products.

“Your baby’s sleeping environment should be the safest place in your home, so we want to remind parents and caregivers: the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, level surface in a crib. , crib, or playground, without blankets, pillows, or other items,” CPSC president Alex Hoehn-Saric said in a statement.

“Babies should never be unattended or unrestrained in seesaws, gliders, pacifiers, or swings,” Hoehn-Saric said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called on Fisher-Price and Kids2 to issue recalls Tuesday following reported deaths linked to their rocker products.

“With over a dozen infant deaths linked to these dangerous products, it is clear that they should be quickly removed from the market and from the homes of unsuspecting families,” Blumenthal said in a tweet.

“It is unconscionable that it has taken more than a decade to educate the public about the dangers of these rockers after several children have been killed and injured. Congress must empower the CPSC to issue faster reminders and warnings in adopting the Sunshine in Product Safety Act,” Blumenthal added.

The Sunshine in Product Safety Act, which Blumenthal introduced in April 2021, would give the CPSC more leeway to disclose information to consumers about potential health and safety issues with certain products without fear of backlash from manufacturers.

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