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WARNING: Popular Fisher Price child sleeper linked to 10 infant deaths

A safety warning has been issued for a popular child sleeper after at least 10 infant deaths in the device, CBS News reports.

On Friday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price warned the public about Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Plays because of reports that infants can roll over in the device.

The federal agency said it is aware of at least 10 infants who have died in the product since 2015 after they rolled from their back to their stomach or side without being restrained.

Infants usually begin rolling over around 3 months, and all of the children killed were 3 months old or older.

The commission is recommending that infants stop using the sleepers by age 3 or as soon as they begin to demonstrate rollover behaviors.

Officials have previously told consumers they should use restraints for infants who are inclined in sleepers.

Fisher-Price also has warned consumers of the product to stop using it when infants are capable of rolling over, but reports of incidents involving the device show not everyone is following that directive.

Both the agency and the manufacturer say they want infants to have a safe sleeping environment, whether that’s a crib, bassinet, play yard or inclined sleeper.

In a joint news release, the agency and company advised parents to never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or items to the sleeper environment. Infants should also always be placed on their backs.

The commission took Friday’s action after voting to publish a finding that the public’s health and safety required immediate notice.

 

[Feature image: Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play/Consumer Product Safety Commission]