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Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after reports of death

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Published on April 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:15s

Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after reports of death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday that toymaker Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled all its “Rock ‘n Play Sleeper” products after reports of more than 30 infant deaths.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after reports of death

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHUCK SCOTHON, FISHER-PRICE GENERAL MANAGER, SAYING: "Questions have been raised about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play' sleeper." After reports of more than 30 infant deaths, Fisher-Price is recalling all 4.7 million of its Rock n' Play Sleepers, a vibrating cradle used to put babies to sleep.

The move comes after Fisher-Price and its parent company Mattel issued a joint safety warning with safety regulators a week prior.

That safety alert said regulators at the time were aware of 10 infant deaths related to the the sleeper since 2015 after babies rolled over from their backs while unrestrained.

It urged parents to stop using the sleeper with babies who can roll over.

But the safety warning wasn't enough for The American Academy of Pediatrics, which called for a total recall.

Fisher Price and parent company Mattel, resisted, until now.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHUCK SCOTHON, FISHER-PRICE GENERAL MANAGER, SAYING: "While we continue to stand by the safety of all our products.

We have decided in partnership with the consumer products safety Commission this recall is the best course of action." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING CPSC CHAIRMAN, ANN MARIE BUERKLE SAYING: "This issue has been a top priority for the agency." The U.S. regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

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