The Consumer Product Safety Commission has linked Fisher-Price’s Rock n’ Play Sleeper to the deaths of over 30 infants since 2009, leading to the recall of the product.
As a result of the recall, 4.7 million of the rockers will be taken off the market, reports CNN.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that “the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances,” causing injury. A developmental milestone for babies is learning to roll over on their own, generally starting at four months of age or after. Some of the infants that died in their Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleepers were not able to roll over on their own yet, raising questions of how the rocker contributed to the babies flipping over. These babies would not have been able to roll over safely onto their back on their own if flipped by the sleeper.
Although not specified, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a likely factor in deaths resulting from use of the Fisher-Price product. Most SIDS cases occur during sleep, in which the baby’s breathing is obstructed in some way. SIDS is also known as crib death, because factors such as a too-soft mattress or the presence of pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals in a crib can contribute to suffocation.
Knowledge, Understanding, and Advocacy
The recall of the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper is a significant moment for many parents who have championed the removal of the product for years — a move that was also supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a step toward ensuring no other families will suffer from such tragedies. However, there are still grieving parents demanding accountability from Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
At Pratt Clay, we are committed to representing the families who have been affected by this negligence. Our legal team in Atlanta has experience in wrongful death and class action cases, and is prepared to tailor our skills to gain the justice you deserve.