Fisher-Price recalls five million sleepers after deaths of 30 babies in 10 years

Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million sleepers after it was discovered that more than 30 babies have died in them over the past decade.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that people who own a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper should stop using it immediately and contact the company for a refund.

Although the exact cause of the deaths is not known, the baby toy and equipment manufacturer and the CPSC said that they occurred when the babies in them rolled over to their stomachs whilst unrestrained.

It is widely recommended that babies sleep on their backs, with their feet at the bottom of cribs.

Some reports said that the children died from suffocation.

The vibrating sleepers are used to put babies to sleep and are covered in soft padding.

A safety warning was issued in the US last week. but the American Academy of Paediatrics called the sleepers “deadly” and encouraged Fisher-Price to withdraw them.

In a statement, Fisher-Price stood by the safety of its product and said it had issued a voluntary recall “due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions”.

The recall affects about 4.7 million sleepers, which cost between $40 and $149 (£30 – £113).

It is not thought the product was sold in the UK.

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