More than 165,000 reclined infant sleepers were recently recalled by four different companies due to a suffocation risk. This comes on the heels of an April 12, 2019 recall of almost 5 million Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after Consumer Reports uncovered over 30 infant deaths over the span of 10 years in that product, and an April 26, 2019 recall of all models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers after Consumer Reports uncovered 4 infant deaths in that product.

As of the current recall, no injuries have been reported in the products listed below, but officials urge consumers to immediately stop using them.  They are:

These rockers were sold nationwide at retail stores like Target and Walmart, as well as through online retailers like Amazon.

Infant Rockers Recalled

The problem with rocking baby sleepers

As you can see by the product names above, although they have names like “rocker,” “sleeper” or “napper,” these types of baby seats are not safe for sleeping. Because the seat is on an incline, sleeping infants are at risk of pushing up the back of the chair and/or rolling over from their backs to their stomachs, experiencing fatal suffocation or airway compression.

Dr. David Fagan, vice chairman of pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., told the New York Times,  “We would never recommend any of these products.” He explained that research has shown that putting babies to sleep on their backs on a flat, non-inclined and firm surface drastically reduces the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Why are these rockers and sleepers still on the market?

Concerns about inclined baby rockers have been swirling around consumer safety organizations for years. Both Fisher-Price and Kids II recalled their own inclined sleepers in 2019, and there are ongoing lawsuits, yet other manufacturers continue to sell their own sleepers and rockers. And although medical evidence shows the danger of these products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has not yet taken action.

It’s worth noting that, as of December 2019, both Amazon and eBay have banned the sale of inclined sleepers on their websites.

We have the experience to help

If you have an infant rocker or sleeper, it’s essential you stop using it immediately. Our product liability attorneys are following these incidents carefully. Inclined baby rockers and sleepers can also cause serious injury, including plagiocephaly. Phelan Petty is already representing a family who lost their child to a defective sleeper, and we can help your family as well.

Our lawyers have a winning track record in the courtroom and a wide network of resources and experts to strengthen your case.

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