AUSTRALIAN PARENTS are being urged to stop using a popular product, which is the subject of an urgent recall in the US.
It’s been revealed, 32 infants have died while using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper (pictured below), since it was introduced to the retail market in 2009.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission explained on its website, all models of the vibrating cradle were subject to the recall action.
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“Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher,” the Commission advises.
“Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”
It’s believed about 4.7 million of the items have been sold worldwide, with Australians able to purchase them online.
In a statement issued by Fisher-Price on their Facebook page, the company confirmed the recall would stretch to Australia.
“This recall will be implemented globally, including Australia and New Zealand,” the statement reads.
It also outlined safety measures that parents should keep in mind for all products, while imploring that the use of the sleeper be stopped “when infants begin to roll over”.
“To ensure a safe sleep environment for infants, we remind parents and caregivers to follow all safety warnings included with the product: always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.”
“The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization.”
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the product and has urged parents to keep it out of reach of children.
You can find all the recall information here.