A popular brand of baby sleeper sold in Australia has been recalled after it has been linked to the deaths of more than 30 infants since 2009 in the US.
Mattel’s Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play baby sleeper has been voluntarily recalled, a spokeswoman for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission confirmed on Saturday afternoon.
“Mattel has confirmed to the ACCC today that it will conduct a voluntary recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play in Australia as well,” the spokeswoman said.
“The ACCC will work with Mattel to publish the recall as soon as possible.”
This recall comes following a similar recall in the US.
#Recall: 4.7 Million @FisherPrice Rock ‘N Play Sleepers Due to Reports of Infant Deaths. Stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. CONTACT: 866-812-6518 or https://t.co/qcX9yJ7hHz. Full recall notice: https://t.co/opDScutIgK pic.twitter.com/DCIqrTjpun
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) April 12, 2019
A recall was issued by Consumer Product Safety Commission in the US on Saturday morning (Australian time) after fatalities occurred in the Rock ’n Play sleepers, which are available in Australia.
The recall said that the deaths occurred “after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances”.
Following reports that the Fisher-Price sleeper had been linked with a number of fatalities in the US, the ACCC warned parents to keep the sleeper “out of reach of children” last week.
“Preventing injuries and deaths to infants caused by unsafe sleeping products is one of the ACCC’s product safety priorities and we are always concerned by reports such as those we are seeing from the US,” said the spokesperson.
The affected sleeper features a fabric cradle on a metal stand that rocks babies to sleep.
Putting safety first, in partnership with the CPSC, Fisher-Price issued a voluntary recall of our Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. All product use should be discontinued. Learn more at https://t.co/7D8jTEmLxs pic.twitter.com/EqkWW4QXjl
— Fisher-Price® (@FisherPrice) April 12, 2019
In the US, 4.7 million products have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after it was found that “since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ’n Play Sleepers”.
“Infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ’n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other circumstances,” there’ll statement said.
The ACCC is not aware of any injuries or deaths in Australia in relation to the product.