Don't Ignore Product Recalls: Latest Fisher-Price Debacle
The topic of infant sleepers is not an uncommon one on the Child Safety blog. In fact, to our regular readers, this subject may same redundant. However, as another massive recall has been issued, it simply is not a topic we can ignore. Bottom line, if your safety is in question, we will address it.
Today, let’s take a look at the latest Fisher-Price recall of Rock ‘n Play Sleepers.
Recall Alert: Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleepers
We’ve discussed the dangers of infant sleepers several times in the past. In this case, Fisher-Price is recalling all models of its Rock ‘N Play Sleepers. Unfortunately, infants can roll from their back to their stomach or side under certain circumstances, for instance while being unrestrained.
As a matter of fact, this specific product may seem familiar to some. If that’s the case, you’d be correct. The truth is, this product was already recalled in 2019. Still, several new infant deaths have occurred since that initial notice. Now, 4.7 million units are being recalled once again.
What Makes This Recall Different?
There are several circumstances that make this recall so alarming. For one, more than 100 infants have now died as a result of these products. At the time of the initial recall, 30 deaths had been reported. Since then, another 70 were reported.
This is a unique case because the recall isn’t new. It is a repeat. What makes this especially heartbreaking is that at least eight of these new reported cases happened after the recall was issued.
Another Sleeper Recall: Kids II Rocking Sleepers
We should note that this product is not the only infant sleeper to be recalled this week. As the case may have it, all models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers have also been recalled. Very similarly, this is the second recall for these sleepers as well. In this case, a total of 15 infant fatalities were reported to have occurred due to the misuse of these sleepers. Sadly, four of these occurred after the initial recall.
Never Ignore a Recall
Based on the information released by both of these companies, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it appears that these caretakers didn’t know about the recall. Or worse yet, ignored it.
This underlines an important topic that we discussed on this blog very recently. That is, the benefit of registering your products. By filling out the product registration card that comes with a product, you will be notified directly of a potential risk or recall.
Alternately, if you are aware of the recall of a product you own, never take a chance. Take the steps recommended on the official recall. In most cases, this requires returning the product for a replacement or refund. Of course, it is absolutely worth the hassle when the safety of your little one is in question.
What to Do if You Have a Recalled Sleeper
Both sleepers brands were sold nationwide at major stores like Walmart and Target. If you own either recalled product, you should stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer – Fisher-Price or Kids II – for a refund.