Despite the 2019 recall, more child deaths are still being linked to Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n’ Play sleepwear.
According to Consumer Reports, that’s because Fisher-Price’s parent company, Mattel, and another recalled sleepware brand, Kids2, haven’t done enough to warn parents who still have the products in their homes.
The devices were recalled in April 2019 after being linked to at least 36 deaths, according to Consumer Reports at the time.
The agency now says at least 12 more children have since died as a result of the harnesses and that the total number of those killed by both the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n’ Play and Kids2 lounge chairs is nearly 100 .
All of the deaths occurred while the babies were in the sleeper and died from asphyxiation caused by the product’s 30-degree tilt. All other thresholds on the market are flat.
The Fisher Price baby chair is shown on the left and the Kids2 harness is shown on the right
Consumer Reports’ Lauren Kirchner told NBC Miami, “These sleepers position infants on an inclined sleeping surface, and that increases the risk of choking if their heads fall forward on their chests during sleep.”
She added: “Unfortunately, the news that more infants have died means that while the inclined sleepers cannot legally be sold, they are still being used in people’s homes.”
Kirchner said that if there is a recall, the manufacturer has an obligation to inform the public who have already purchased the product about the dangers.
One of the parents who went public after the death of their child in a Fisher Price crockery was Oregon’s Erika Richter. Their daughter Emma died on August 15, 2018 when she was just a few weeks old.
“Life on earth is tragically short. I choose to explore and live a life that would make her proud. This little angel changed my life forever. I will always be Emma’s mother. Now and forever,” Richter said in a Facebook post.
Erika Richter of Oregon holds her newborn daughter Emma, who also died, in 2018
Erika Richter died on August 15, 2008, she was born less than two weeks earlier
Erika Richter’s daughter Emma also died in Rock ‘n Play
Another set of parents, Keenan and Evan Overton, said their son Ezra died at just five months old after they strapped him into the harness while training in December 2017.
They received the product as a souvenir from their neighbors.
“I stayed outside in the family room and lay down on the couch by the rocking chair and told my wife she could rest in the bedroom,” his father told Kids In Danger.
“When I woke up in the middle of the night, I looked up to see Ezra transformed into the padded monkey’s face, standing on the seat of the chair. He was stiff as a doll, his face twisted to the side/back of the seat. His nose was flattened. He didn’t respond. He didn’t feel real. When I picked him up he felt like a doll.”
Keenan and Evan Overton’s five-month-old died in December 2017 while sleeping in the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play product
Baby Ezra died in December 2017 after his parents, Keenan and Evan Overton, put him in the sleeper while he was training. They received the product as a souvenir from their neighbors.
Consumer Reports said less than 10 percent of Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n’ Play belts are accounted for, leaving about four million potentially left in people’s homes.
Mattel is quoted by the agency as saying that since the original recall it has “worked diligently to remove all recalled products.”
The Fisher Price product was first launched in 2009.
A total of 4.7 million units were affected by the recall, according to the CPSC, which reissued its recall of the item in early January.
“We are making this announcement because babies continue to die in these products despite their removal from the market and a ban on sale,” Alexander Hoehn-Saric, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.
The original recall came only after CPSC informed Consumer Reports of the deaths associated with the product in early 2019
He warned families who still have the sleepers to stop using them immediately.
“We are now aware of approximately 100 infant deaths in rock n’ play, including eight that occurred after the recall was announced,” Hoehn-Saric said.
The original recall came only after CPSC informed Consumer Reports of the deaths associated with the product in early 2019.
It published data supporting its findings. Only then was the product withdrawn from the market.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs on a flat surface.
Two state class action lawsuits have been filed against Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel, alleging dangerous and defective design and negligence.
A lawsuit filed by Cassandra Mulvey against Fisher Price and Mattel alleges the product’s marketing was “dangerously false and misleading as the product is not intended for all-night or prolonged infant sleep.”
The lawsuit suggests that rock ‘n play has significantly increased the risk of an infant’s head slipping into a dangerous position, tilting to narrow the windpipe, and/or the infant’s face hitting the padded fabric in the infant’s head sleeping bag is pressed and blocks the air flow. this increases the risk of death by suffocation.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the angle at which infants would rest in the sleeper “increases the infant’s risk of developing a flat head (plagiocephaly) and a twisted neck (torticollis), conditions that often require babies to wear expensive head-form helmets.” carry and undergo physical therapy.’
Another lawsuit was filed by Samantha Drover-Mundy and Zachary Mundy, a Delaware couple, after their 12-week-old daughter allegedly died after just minutes in a Rock ‘n Play sleeper in September 2018.
In addition to her daughter’s death, the lawsuit alleges that “the rock ‘n play’s flawed design also causes injuries … which require costly medical attention and can cause lifelong harm, including permanent deformities and developmental delays.”
The lawsuits also allege that both Fisher-Price and Mattel disregarded the AAP’s recommendations regarding appropriate sleeping environments for infants.
In addition, they alleged that the defendants lobbied the CPSC so that it could avoid regulations that kept the product off the market.
In 2021, a two-year investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform found that Fisher Price executives ignored safety warnings about the company’s popular diagonal sleeper for a decade while it continued to rake in $200 million in sales.
The committee’s report found that Fisher Price failed to properly test the product before launching it in 2009, and then ignored repeated warnings that it was dangerous in the years that followed.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11661345/Killer-Fisher-Price-Kids2-baby-recliners-killed-TWELVE-children-recalled.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Killer Fisher Price and Kids2 baby chair have killed TWELVE children since being recalled