AAP Demands Immediate Recall of Deadly Rock n’ Play

AAP Demands Immediate Recall of Deadly Rock n’ Play April 9, 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking all parents to stop using the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about the infant rocker after ten babies died using the product. Today the AAP issued a statement saying the warning didn’t go far enough.

In a statement published earlier today, the AAP is asking all parents to discontinue the use of the Rock n’ Play. Additionally, the organization is requesting all stores stop selling the product.

“This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately,” said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use.

Tragically, that is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.”

According to the AAP, the warning issued by the CPSC left out critical details about the dangers of the product. For instance, the warning stated that ten infants died using the product between 2015-2018. Also, the statement said that all the infants that died were over the age of three months.

However, the AAP said an article published on April 8 by Consumer Reports linked 32 deaths to the Rock n’ Play since 2011. Reported deaths of infants included babies younger than three months old. Also, the report stated that infants died from asphyxia from the baby’s position.

The AAP went on to say,

“We cannot put any more children’s lives at risk by keeping these dangerous products on the shelves,” said Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS. “The Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately.

It does not meet the AAP’s recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby. Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding.”

Finally, the AAP reminded parents that no baby should sleep in a positioner that requires restraining a baby. When a baby is restrained, they can move into a position that makes breathing difficult. Babies should never sleep in any positioners, car seats, swings, or strollers.

With conflicting data about the number of deaths, the government may need to get their records straight. Adding 22 more deaths to the Rock n’ Play most certainly does not bode well for Fisher Price. New parents can become easily confused when unsafe products are found in stores.

The only way to reduce the confusion is by removing the product from the market. Clearly, Fisher-Price knows their rocker is dangerous. Yet, they still sell the product.

No baby should die because a company fails to remove a faulty product from the market. The government should do more to protect babies by completely recalling the Rock n’ Play.


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  • Jennny

    There is an almost incredible amount of baby gear deemed to be necessary purchases for your new born these days, all-singing-all-dancing gadgets with amazing colours and designs that weren’t available even 30yrs ago when my babies were born. Interesting though that some countries like Finland and Denmark which have the best neonatal survival rates, give boxes to all new mothers. This has been copied in other countries too I understand. In some poor countries, I read, the portability of these makes for fewer cases of SIDS, as mothers can carry the boxes from room to room and keep a better eye on their babies. My daughter’s very sophistcated danish friend had a baby in central London in a tiny flat. Daughter asked her where on earth the baby was going to sleep, so friend pulled out the bottom drawer of the chest in the one bedroom and said ‘In there!’. As she said, the baby isn’t going to know if it had a crib fit for royalty or a bottom drawer – as long as it was comfortable and safe!

  • Knitting Cat Lady

    I slept in a laundry basket. My gran, a seamstress, made a mattress and a liner.

    I like gadgets as much as the next person, but some make me scratch my head.

  • Mark in Ohio

    Yes, but all of the requirements for an infant sleeping surface are minimal padding and no real give. It’s almost as if the best infant bed would be a steel slab or a granite surface plate. I know some Klingons would approve. I know and understand that the recommendations are based on evidence and preventing SIDS, but it just seems odd to a non-parent.

    Call me crazy, I also find it suspicious how almost every car seat ends up on a recall list several years after manufacture, almost as if they are trying to keep them off of the used market, forcing parents to buy new ones.

  • This is long overdue. Unsafe sleep environments are the number one cause of accidental death for infants under one. But the mommy crowd has not caught on, so the same people who are so rabid about car seat safety put their newborns to sleep in a death trap.

    Alone, Back, Crib is evidence based and life saving.