Fisher-Price recalls its 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother, a baby sleep product, after being linked to reports of four infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The dead babies were reportedly placed on their backs unrestrained in the product, which was supposed to shake the babies to sleep, and were later found on their stomachs, the commission said.
The deaths occurred between April 2019 and February 2020 and involve a 4-month-old child; two babies, both 2 months old; and an 11-week-old child.
Robert Adler, acting chairman of the commission, said the products were not safe for babies to sleep on because of the risk of suffocation.
Fisher-Price also announced that it will recall its 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders, although no deaths have been reported in connection with this product.
Both the soothing 2-in-1 soothing slider and the rock-n-sliding 4-in-1 pacifier can shake babies back and forth, or side by side, according to the commission.
In a statement, Chuck Scott, general manager of Fisher-Price, said the deaths were heartbreaking.
“For Fisher-Price, there is nothing more important than the safety of our products and the trust that our families place in us,” said Mr Scott. “We are committed to educating parents and caregivers about the safe use of all our products, including the importance of following all warnings and instructions to ensure the health and safety of babies and children.”
The Rock-n Glide 4-in-1 pacifier sells for about $ 108, and the Glider Soothe ‘n Play Glider 2 in 1 for about $ 125.
In recent years, about 120,000 4-in-1 rock and glide pacifiers and 55,000 soothing 2-in-1 soothing sliders have been sold in the United States, the commission said. About 25,000 4-in-1 rock and roll slides and 27,000 2-in-1 soothing sliders were sold in Canada.
In 2019, Fisher-Price agreed to withdraw 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers, a baby sleep product, after the commission linked it to more than 30 deaths. However, the company said the deaths were the result of using the product “contrary to warnings and safety instructions”.
The seizure came after the company issued a joint safety warning with the commission, which said at the time that it was aware of 10 deaths related to the 2015 sleeping of children aged 3 months or more.
In most cases, the commission said, children suffocated after rolling over in a traverse from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained.